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LETTERS

ON

· ENGLISH POETRY.

TO

A YOUNG LADY

ON A

COURSE

OF

ENGLISH POETRY.

BY J. AIKIN, M. D.

.... Hail, ye mighty masters of the lay,
Nature's true sons, the friends of man and truth,
Whose song, sublimely sweet, serenely gay,
Amused my childhood, and inform’d my youth:

For well I know, wherever ye reside,
There harmony, and peace, and innocence abide.

Minstrel.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR

J. JOHNSON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,

BY RICHARD TAYLOR AND CO., SHOE-LANE,

CONTENTS

LETTER I.

p. 1.

The design proposed. Objection to poetry as

too conversant with the passion of love-con-
sidered. Nature of verse, and pleasure uni-
versally derived from it.

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lody of verse. Pope's Pastorals: heroic mea-

sure described. Windsor Forest. Ode for

St. Cecilia's Day: music of poetry. Choruses

to Brutus. Elegy to the Memory of an Un-

fortunate Lady. Temple of Fanie. Fable of

Dryope: Vertumnus and Pomona.

LETTER

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