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"With your air indifferent and imperious
At a stroke our mad poetics to confute--"
And--"Are we then so serious?"
The critic lives at second hand. He writes about. The poem, the novel, or the play must be given to him; criticism exists by the g ...
As a perfect Tragedy is the noblest Production of human Nature, so it is capable of giving the Mind one of the most delightful and ...
Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of t ...
A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude.... A whole is what has a beginni ...
A poet's object is not to tell what actually happened but what could or would happen either probably or inevitably.... For this re ...
Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of uni ...
To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.
A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
There is no original truth, only original error.
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