The Dunciad

J. and P. Knapton, 1751

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Página 80 - There motley Images her fancy strike, Figures ill pair'd, and Similies unlike. She sees a Mob of Metaphors advance, Pleas'd with the madness of the mazy dance: How Tragedy and Comedy embrace; How Farce and Epic get a jumbled race; How Time himself stands still at her command, Realms shift their place, and Ocean turns to land.
Página 210 - Furthermore, it drove out of England (for that season) the Italian Opera, which had carried all before it for ten years.
Página 230 - When Reason doubtful, like the Samian letter, Points him two ways, the narrower is the better. Plac'd at the door of Learning, youth to guide, We never suffer it to stand too wide.
Página 90 - Blasphem'd his gods, the dice, and damn'd his fate ; Then gnaw'd his pen, then dash'd it on the ground, Sinking from thought to thought, a vast profound ! Plung'd for his sense, but found no bottom there, Yet wrote and flounder'd on in mere despair.
Página xxii - The Art of Criticism, which was published some months since, and is a master-piece in its kind. The observations follow one another like those in Horace's Art of Poetry, without that methodical regularity which would have been requisite in a prose author.
Página 296 - ... all the great characters of the age; and this with impunity, their own persons and names being utterly secret and obscure.
Página 284 - Lost was the Nation's Sense, nor could be found, While the long solemn Unison went round: Wide, and more wide, it spread o'er all the realm; Ev'n Palinurus nodded at the Helm: The Vapour mild o'er each Committee crept; Unfinish'd Treaties in each Office slept; And Chiefless Armies doz'd out the Campaign; And, Navies yawn'd for Orders on the Main.
Página xxvi - Whether Mr. Addifon did find it conformable to his tafte, or not, beft appears from his own teftimony the year following its publication, in thefe words : Mr.
Página 296 - ... would not find their account in employing them, or the men themfelves, when difcovered, want courage to proceed in fo unlawful an occupation. This it was that gave birth to The Dunciad, and he thought it an happinefs, that by the late flood of flander on himfelf, he had acquired fuch a peculiar right over their names, as was neceflary to this defign.