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" ... dull and heavy spirits of the English from their natural reservedness ; loosened them from their stiff forms of conversation, and made them easy and pliant to each other in discourse. Thus, insensibly, our way of living became more free ; and the... "
The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected in Eighteen Volumes - Página 225
de John Dryden, Walter Scott - 1821
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Pamphlets in Philology and the Humanities, Volume 12

1892
...Thus, insensibly, our way of living became more free ; and the fire of English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained, melancholy way of breeding,...mixing the solidity of our nation with the air and gaity of our neighbors. This being granted to be true, it would be a wonder if the poets, whose work...
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The Sewanee Review, Volume 24

1916
...the discourse of an earlier age ; he maintained that "the fire of the English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained, melancholy way of breeding,...solidity of our nation with the air and gaiety of our neighbors." II If we examine the comedies of the period we find the striving for wit reflected in numberless...
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An Historical Syntax of the English Language

Fredericus Theodorus Visser - 1984 - 657 páginas
...being, that we detain All his revenue. | 1672 Dryden, Defence of the Epilogue (Wks., ed. Scott/S.) 241, This being granted to be true, it would be a wonder if the poets . . . should be the only persons in three kingdoms who should not receive advantage by it (So.). |...
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The Making of the English Literary Canon: From the Middle Ages to the Late ...

Trevor Ross, Trevor Thornton Ross - 2000 - 400 páginas
...wrote Dryden, "our way of living became more free: and the fire of the English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained, melancholy way of breeding,...nation with the air and gaiety of our neighbours" (1:182). The Defence of the Epilogue ( 1 672) , in which Dryden makes this claim, may be exceptional...
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Exile and Journey in Seventeenth-Century Literature

Christopher D'Addario - 2007
...discourse. Thus, insensibly, our way of living became more free: and the fire of the English wit . . . began first to display its force by mixing the solidity of our Nation, with the air and gayety of our Neighbors" (Works XI: 216-17). The degree to which Dryden attributes the prosperity of...
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An Historical Syntax of the English Language, Parte 2

F. Th Visser - 1966 - 644 páginas
...being, that we detain All his revenue. | 1672 Dryden, Defence of the Epilogue (Wks., ed. Scott/S.) 241, This being granted to be true, it would be a wonder if the poets . . . should be the only persons in three kingdoms who should not receive advantage by it (So.). |...
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An Historical Syntax of the English Language, Parte 1

F. Th Visser - 1963 - 2470 páginas
...being, that we detain All his revenue. | 1672 Dryden, Defence of the Epilogue (Wks., ed. Scott/S.) 241, This being granted to be true, it would be a wonder if the poets . . . should be the only persons in three kingdoms who should not receive advantage by it (So.). |...
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