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" The want* of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for... "
The Works of Samuel Johnson - Pągina 171
per Samuel Johnson - 1816
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Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - 1911 - 724 pągines
...felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books wh1cTrtHe reader admires and lays down, and forgets to tajte it up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal islTttnty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened,...
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Dante and Other Waning Classics

Albert Mordell - 1915 - 127 pągines
...Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. No one ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure." Of course Walt Whitman would hardly care for the poem. He said to Horace Traubel ". . . . even as a...
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Joseph Fawcett, The Art of War: Its Relation to the Early Development of ...

Arthur Beatty - 1918 - 270 pągines
...always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than...recreation; we desert our master, and seek for companions. Milton, from Lives of the Poets In both of these there is much artifice. But the first has about it...
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The Living Age, Volum 311

1921
...always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than...recreation; we desert our master, and seek for companions. As a specimen of Johnson's conversation this extract has only one fault — that it is too consecutive...
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Doctor Johnson: A Study in Eighteenth Century Humanism

Percy Hazen Houston - 1923 - 280 pągines
...lines 50-70. 3. Lises, II, 206-07. 4. Ibid. I, 437. I02 DOCTOR JOHNSON wished it longer than it is. ... We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and...for recreation; we desert our master, and seek for companions."1 This last quotation brings up again Johnson's opinion of the purpose of art. That he...
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One Thousand Best Books: The Household Guide to a Lifetime's Reading; a ...

1924 - 416 pągines
...in inspiration. Paradise Lost One of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than...recreation; we desert our master and seek for companions. — Samuel Johnson. "Paradise Lost" is not a book among books, not a poem among poems, but a central...
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The Student Body: The Winter Carnival At This Maine College Had It All ...

J. S. Borthwick - 1991 - 293 pągines
...Johnson's words that "Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is." Even Professor Merlin-Smith seemed to be suffering from the reading, although the student's monotone...
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Landscape, Liberty and Authority: Poetry, Criticism and Politics from ...

Tim Fulford - 1996 - 251 pągines
...it being a common source from which all can draw: 'we read Milton for instruction, retire harrassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation; we desert our master, and seek for companions' (pp. 183-4). The reader is subordinated to a tyrant, overpowered by a unique language which in deriving...
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Seeing Into the Life of Things: Essays on Literature and Religious Experience

John L. Mahoney - 1998 - 364 pągines
...reader's response to Paradise Lost. He calls it a book "the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure."2 This seems a surprising conclusion, for Johnson's commentary on the poem begins with the...
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Milton and the Preaching Arts

Jameela Lares - 2001 - 352 pągines
...1965], 3:386). "Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is" (Samuel Johnson, "Milton," in Samuel Johnson, ed. Donald Greene [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984],...
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