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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Lives of the poets - Page 144
by Samuel Johnson - 1837
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Lives of Milton and Addison

Samuel Johnson, John Wight Duff - English poetry - 1900 - 209 pages
...he is therefore 15 sometimes verbose in his transitions and connections, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet if his...genuine Anglicism. What he attempted he performed ; he 20 is never feeble, and he did not wish to be energetic ; he is never rapid, and he never stagnates....
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Essays from the Rambler and the Idler, with Passages from the Lives of the ...

Samuel Johnson - 1901 - 179 pages
...; he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connections, .and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet if his...never stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude.nor affected brevity : his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy....
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Boswell's Life of Johnson, Volume 1

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1901
...positively feeble. Let us remember the character of his style, as given by Johnson himself:—'What he attempted, he performed ; he is never feeble, and...studied amplitude, nor affected brevity: his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. 1 Whoever wishes to 1 [When Johnson showed me...
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Lives of the English Poets: Smith-Savage

Samuel Johnson, Harold Spencer Scott - English poetry - 1905
...; he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connections, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation : yet if his...performed ; he is never feeble, and he did not wish to be energetick ; he is never rapid, glorious in the eyes of mankind and ornamental to human nature ......
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The Elements of Rhetoric and Composition

Ashley Horace Thorndike - English language - 1905 - 340 pages
...that is not written in the spirit of benevolence and with a love to mankind. T . JOSEPH ADDISON. 6. What he attempted, he performed ; he is never feeble,...studied amplitude, nor affected brevity : his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar...
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Essays from Addison

Joseph Addison - English essays - 1907 - 112 pages
...; he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connections, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet if his...studied amplitude nor affected brevity : his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar...
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Life of Samuel Johnson ...

James Boswell - 1823
...call it positively feeble. Let us remember the character of his style, as given by Johnson himself : " What he attempted, he performed : he is never feeble,...studied amplitude, nor affected brevity : his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy.f Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar...
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Pamphlets in Philology and the Humanities, Volume 13

Ballads, English - 1893
...the notice of Addison's critics from Johnson down. Yet they have all followed Johnson's dictum that "he is never feeble, and he did not wish to be energetic...studied amplitude, nor affected brevity ; his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy."— Lives of the Poets, Vol. 2, p. 140. 5 Addison...
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Composition and Style

Robert D. Blackman - English literature - 1908 - 320 pages
...diction : he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connexions, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet if his...studied amplitude, nor affected brevity : his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy."t Dryden, Pope, and Atterbury, are generally reckoned...
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - 479 pages
...descends too much to the language of conversation; yet if his language had been less idiomatical, 20 it might have lo'st somewhat of its genuine Anglicism....studied amplitude, nor affected brevity: his periods, 25 though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes to attain an English style,...
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