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The Basset-table. An Eclogue.........
Verbatim from Boileau.........
Answer to a Question of Mrs. Howe........... 143
Occasioned by some Verses of his Grace the
Duke of Buckingham........
Prologue to a Play for Mr. Dennis's Benefit,
in 1733, when he was old, blind, and in
great Distress, a little before his Death 141
Macer. A Character..
Song, by a Person of Quality. 1733......
On a certain Lady at Court......
On his Grotto at Twickenham..
ESSAY ON CRITICISM.
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1709.
Introduction.-That it is as great a fault to judge ill as to write ill, and a more dangerous one to the public.-That a true taste is as rare to be found as a true genius.-That most men are born with some taste, but spoiled by false education.The multitude of critics, and causes of them.-That we are to study our own taste, and know the limits of it.Nature the best guide of judgment.-Improved by art and rules, which are but methodized Nature.-Rules derived from the practice of the ancient poets.-That therefore the ancients are necessary to be studied by a critic, parti cularly Homer and Virgil.-Of licences, and the use of them by the ancients.-Reverence due to the ancients, and praise of them.
"TIs hard to say if greater want of skill