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" But original déficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty... "
Early years and late reflections - Página 81
de Clement Carlyon - 1856
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Polestar of the Ancients: The Aristotelian Tradition in Classical and ...

John O. Hayden - 1979 - 237 páginas
...another for being "tediously instuctive" (Lives, 1:169). Paradise Lost itself is arraigned on this point: "Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction" (Lives, 1:183). The evidence that can be cited seems to me, nevertheless, to be short...
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Perspectives on Indian Fiction in English

M. K. Naik - 1985 - 285 páginas
...Madness: A Thematic Analysis of All About H. Hatterr MK Naik Dr. Johnson's description of Paradise Lost as 'one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again' is well-known. All About H. Hatterr—an acknowledged masterpiece—has suffered an even worse fate....
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The Student Body: The Winter Carnival At This Maine College Had It All ...

J. S. Borthwick - 1991 - 293 páginas
...Sarah, sitting at the back of the room, listened with half an ear, remembering Dr. Johnson's words that "Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...up again. None ever wished it longer than it is." Even Professor Merlin-Smith seemed to be suffering from the reading, although the student's monotone...
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John Milton: 1732-1801

John T. Shawcross - 1995 - 452 páginas
...encomiasts, that in reading Paradise Lost we read a book of universal knowledge. But original de.flcience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is...a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation; we desert our master,...
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Landscape, Liberty and Authority: Poetry, Criticism and Politics from ...

Tim Fulford - 1996 - 251 páginas
...Miltonic aesthetic disabled conventional criticism and surpassed the interests of the common reader: 'Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again' (p. 183). Here, allying himself with the common reader, Johnson gains critical revenge for the experience...
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Seeing Into the Life of Things: Essays on Literature and Religious Experience

John L. Mahoney - 1998 - 364 páginas
...may now reconsider, in its entirety, Johnson's summary claim about the reader's reaction to the poem: The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise...a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation; we desert our master,...
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Samuel Johnson

Lawrence Lipking - 2000 - 384 páginas
...any effort of imagination place himself; he has, therefore, little natural curiosity or sympathy... Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is" (Lives 1: 181, 183). The final sentence, a particular favorite of common readers, speaks the kind of...
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Image Government: Monarchical Metamorphoses in English Literature and Art ...

T. R. Langley - 2001 - 256 páginas
...Addison, Richard Steele, et al., The Spectator, ed. Donald F. Bond, 5 vols. [Oxford, 1965), 3:386). “Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...up again. None ever wished it longer than it is” (Samuel Johnson, “Milton,” in Samuel Johnson, ed. Donald Greene [Oxford: Oxford University Press,...
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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

John Sitter - 2001 - 298 páginas
...poet's character and the tart comments on popular works such as Lycidas, the Masque, and Paradise Lost ("The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again ... Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure"). 46 Striking at Milton's role as the great national...
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Imperfect Sense: The Predicament of Milton's Irony

Victoria Silver - 2001 - 409 páginas
...hardly surprising that Johnson would be moved famously to remark that no one ever wished Paradise Lost longer than it is: "Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation; we desert our master,...
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