By Samuel Johnson
'If a guy is to jot down A Panegyrick, he may perhaps preserve vices out of sight; but when he professes to put in writing A lifestyles, he needs to symbolize it quite because it was.'
In the final of his significant writings, Samuel Johnson appeared again over the former centuries of English Literature to be able to describe the personalities in addition to the achievements of the prime English poets. the most important Lives - of Milton, Dryden, speedy, and Pope - are memorable cameos of the lifetime of writing during which Johnson is as conscious of human frailty as to literary prowess. The shorter Lives guard a few of Johnson's so much piercing, severe decisions.
Unsentimental, opinionated, and quotable, The Lives of the Poets maintains to persuade the reputations of the writers involved. it truly is one of many maximum works of English feedback, but in addition some of the most humanly diverting.
This choice of the Lives of ten of an important poets attracts its textual content from Roger Lonsdale's authoritative whole variation.
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It is a note of delight in life, of openness to people and things that is maintained throughout the novel and is the essence of its magic. Kipling's passionate interest in people and their vocabularies and their crafts is, of course, the essence of the magic of all his work. But in all the other books it tends to be marred by aspects of his social ethic-by caution, reserve, distrust, mastered emotion, stiff upper lips, direct puritanism or the occasional puritan's leer, retributive consequences, cruelty masquerading as justifiable restraint or bullying as the assertion of superiority.
However, before we set this change of heart entirely to Eliot's credit, we need to take note of certain difficulties whicK arise rn our reading of the poet for whom he is soliciting our admiration. There is for instance what is probably the most justly famous of all Kipling's poems, his "Recessional" of 1897, quoted in part here: God of our fathers, known of old, Lord of our far-flung battle-line, Beneath whose awful Hand we hold Dominion over palm and pineLord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget-lest we forget!