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" The composition of all poems is, or ought to be, of wit; and wit in the poet, or Wit writing (if you will give me leave to use a school-distinction), is no other than the faculty of imagination in the writer, which, like a nimble spaniel, beats over and... "
The Miscellaneous Works: Containing All His Original Poems, Tales, and ... - Page 61
by John Dryden - 1760
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Original Poems, Volume 1

John Dryden - English poetry - 1773
...leave to ufe a febool diftinetion) is no other than the faeulty of imagination in the writer, whieh like a nimble fpaniel, beats over and ranges through...the quarry it hunted after ; or, without metaphor, whieh fearehes over all the memory for the fpeeies or ideas of thofe things whieh it defigns to reprefent....
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Bell's Edition, Volumes 41-42

John Bell - English poetry - 1777
...of wit ; and wit in the poet, or wit-writing (if you will give me leave to use a school distinction) is no other than the faculty of imagination in the -writer, which, like a nimble spaniel, beats over and ranges through the field of memory, till it springs the quarry it hunted after;...
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The Works of the English Poets: Dryden

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1779
...thoughts with elocution. The compofition of all poems is, or ought to be, of wit ; and wit in the poet, or wit-writing (if you will give me leave to ufe a fchool-diftinction)...for the fpecies or ideas of thofe things which it defigr.s to reprefent. Wit written is that which is well defined, the happy refult of thought, or product...
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The Works of the English Poets: With Prefaces ..., Volume 13, Page 1

Samuel Johnson - Authors, English - 1779
...of wit ; and wit in the poet, or wit-writing (if you will give me leave to ufe a fchool-diftinftion) is no other than the faculty of imagination in the...memory, till it fprings the quarry it hunted after i or, without metaphor, which fearches over all the memory for the fpecies or ideas of thofe things...
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The Works of the British Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and ..., Volume 6

English poetry - 1795
...you will give me leave to ufe a Ichool-i'.iilinction) is no other than the faculty of imagination iu the writer, which, like a nimble fpaniel, beats over...quarry it hunted after : or, without metaphor, which (carches over all the memory for the fpecics or ideas of thofe things which it dcugiis to reprcfcnt....
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The Works of the British Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical ...

Robert Anderson - English poetry - 1795
...of wit ; and wit in the poet, or wit-writing (if you will give me leave to ufe a (chool-diftinction) is no other than the faculty of imagination in the writer, which, like a nimble fpaniel, beau over and ranges through the field of memory, till it fpriogs the quarry it hunted after : or,...
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Elegant Extracts: Or, Useful and Entertaining Passages in Prose ..., Volume 2

1797 - 1120 pages
...of wit ; and wit in poetry, or wit writing (if you will give me leave to ufo a fchool-diftinftion) is no other than the faculty of imagination in the...beats over and ranges through the field of memory, ti ! ! it fprings the quarry it hunted after ; or, without a metaphor, which fearches over all the...
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Elegant Extracts: Or, Useful and Entertaining Passages in Prose, Volume 2

Vicesimus Knox - English prose literature - 1797
...of wit ; and \vit in poetry, or wi: writing (i! you will give me leave to ufe л fchool-diíHncV.on) is no other than the faculty of imagination in the writer, which, like a nimble fpanicl, beats over and ranges through the field of memory, till it fprings the quarry it hunted after...
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden: Now First ...

John Dryden, Edmond Malone - 1800
...wit; and wit in the poet, or wit writing, (if you will give me leave to use a school distinction,) is no other than the faculty of imagination in the writer, which, like a nimble spaniel, beats over and ranges through the field of memory, till it springs the quarry it hunted after;...
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The works of the poets of Great Britain and Ireland. With prefaces ..., Volume 3

Great Britain - 1804
...of wit; and wit in the poet, or wit- writing (if you will give me leave to ufe a fchool-difHnction) is no other than the faculty of imagination in the...quarry it hunted after: or, without metaphor; which fcarches over all the memory for the fpecies or ideas of thofe things which it deiigns to reprefent....
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