Andrew Marvell: The Critical Heritage by Elizabeth Story Donno

By Elizabeth Story Donno

The serious historical past gathers jointly a wide physique of serious assets on significant figures in literature. every one quantity provides contempoprary responses to a writer's paintings, permitting scholars and researchers to learn the cloth themselves.

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Extracts from A Reproof to the Rehearsal Transposed, in A Discourse to its Authour, 1673: To the Reader, A2; pp. 113, 226–7, 268–71. When I first condemn’d my self to the drudgery of this Reply, I intended nothing but a serious Prosecution of my Argument; and to let the World see that it is not reading Histories, or Plays, or Gazzets, nor going a Pilgrimage to Geneva, nor learning French and Italian, nor passing the Alps, nor being a cunning Gamester that can qualify a man to discourse of Conscience and Ecclesiastical Policy, in that it is not capping an Argument with a story that will answer it, nor clapping an Apothegm upon an Assertion that will prove it, nor stringing up Proverbs and Similitudes upon one another that will make up a Coherent Discourse.

Extracts from A Reproof to the Rehearsal Transposed, in A Discourse to its Authour, 1673: To the Reader, A2; pp. 113, 226–7, 268–71. When I first condemn’d my self to the drudgery of this Reply, I intended nothing but a serious Prosecution of my Argument; and to let the World see that it is not reading Histories, or Plays, or Gazzets, nor going a Pilgrimage to Geneva, nor learning French and Italian, nor passing the Alps, nor being a cunning Gamester that can qualify a man to discourse of Conscience and Ecclesiastical Policy, in that it is not capping an Argument with a story that will answer it, nor clapping an Apothegm upon an Assertion that will prove it, nor stringing up Proverbs and Similitudes upon one another that will make up a Coherent Discourse.

Tis his scolding Commonplace-book, which acquaints him with all the Moods and Figures of Railing; here he has all the terms of that Art which Smectimnuus, 1 From the original version of Sir William D’Avenant’s The Seige of Rhodes (1656), the first attempt at English opera. 2 Published 1642. 3 A verse description of his imprisonment for theological controversy at Mt Orgueil Castle in Jersey. 4 Francesco Zabarelli (1533–89) of Padua wrote a commentary on Aristotle; like Duns Scotus, his name became generic for one providing useless knowledge.

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