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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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Johnson, Writing, and Memory

Greg Clingham - 2002 - 222 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...is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure" (para. 252). Such criticism sounds final, but it is much modified when taken in context, representing...
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Coleridge's Notebooks: A Selection

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 2002 - 264 pągines
...(gratification^P.) 84-6. Colourful episodes from Paradise Lost. 87. Johnson actually wrote of Paradise Lost, 'None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure': Lives of the English Poets, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (3 vols.; Oxford, 1905), i. 183. STC quotes Johnson...
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The Major Works

John Milton - 2003 - 966 pągines
...the reader: 'Parodiee 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.' Developing an observation of Addison 's about Milton's style, 'our language sunk under him' (Spectalor...
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John Milton's Paradise Lost: A Sourcebook

Margaret Kean - 2005 - 173 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. From Richard Bentley, Milton's Paradise Lost. A New Edition. (London, 1 732), pp. 4, 299 Richard Bentley...
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Bodybuilding: Reforming Masculinities in British Art 1750-1810

Martin Myrone - 2005 - 384 pągines
...in the margins of his copy of Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets,' where he found the opinion that 'we read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and...overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation'." The poet's association with republicanism made him politically suspect, and Fuseli himself was sometimes...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - 2006 - 1067 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 it is. Lives of the English Poets "Milton" (1779-1781) 38 [Of Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock:] New...
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The Constitution of Literature: Literacy, Democracy, and Early English ...

Lee Morrissey - 2008 - 242 pągines
...differences between them with regard to reading. For example, Johnson writes, regarding Paradise Lost, "Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We...and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation" (ibid., 183-84). On the one hand, we could say that Johnson is describing the difficulty of reading...
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An Anthology of English Prose

S. L. Edwards - 1953 - 400 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. DANIEL DEFOE 1 1660-1731 The Life of Colonel Jack (First edition 1722) ... [My master] shared the money...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical ..., Volum 1

Samuel Johnson - 1821
...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 lsik duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed, and overburdened,...
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Annales de Bretagne

1898
...up again. Noue ever wished it longer thau it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. \Vr. read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; \vc desert our mastor and seek for companions. » (Lives of thé Puets, Milton). Comment upon this...
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