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"Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward.' It has soothed my afflictions, it has multiplied and
refined my enjoyments; it has endeared solitude; and it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good
and the beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me."-COLERIDGE.

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In offering to the attention of the of the word life in its widely ex-
public, two volumes on the poetry of tended sense, as comprehending all
life, some apology seems necessary for the functions, attributes, and capa-
prefixing to my book a title of such bilities peculiar to sentient beings.
indefinite signification. If poetry

Whatever may be the opinion of
be understood to mean mere versi- the public respecting the manner in
fication, and life mere vitality, it which my task has been executed,
would be difficult indeed to estab- the enjoyment it has afforded to the
lish their connection with each other. writer, in being the means of a re-
The design of the present work is newed acquaintance with the prin-
to treat of poetic feeling, rather than ciples of intellectual happiness, is
poetry; and this feeling I have en- already in possession; and I have
deavoured to describe as the great only to wish that the reader may
connecting link between our intel- be induced to seek the same enjoy
lects and our affections; while the ment, in a more spiritual inter-
customs of society, as well as the course with nature, and a
license of modern literature, afford profound admiration of the beauty
me sufficient authority for the use i and harmony of the creation.


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