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PART II.-POETS OF THE RESTORATION.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.

Sir John Denham,

Abraham Cowley,

Henry Vaughan,

John Dryden,

Thomas Ken,

Matthew Prior,

Jonathan Swift,

Joseph Addison,

Isaac Watts,

280 | Edward Young,

282 Allan Ramsay,

283 Alexander Pope,

284 John Gay,

289 Robert Blair,

290 Samuel Johnson,

292 Thomas Gray,

294 William Collins,

295 Oliver Goldsmith,

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POETRY OF THE RESTORATION.

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Cooper's Hill,

Hymn to Light,

To the Grasshopper,

God's Throne,

To the Eternal Wisdom,

Christ's Nativity,

Daily Prayer,

The World,

Divine Ejaculation,

311 | True Nobility,

312 Alexander's Feast,

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The War-Horse,

314 Veni Creator,

315 Hymn for the Morni.ig,

316 Hymn for the Evening,

317 Death,

318 Evening Hymn,

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A Churchyard by Night, 354 Elegy written in a Country

Address to the Deity,

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Churchyard,

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Blessings of Retirement, 357 The Passions,

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Procrastination,

358 Sympathy,

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The Poet's Wish,

360 The Village Pastor,

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The Spectacles (a Fable), 361 The Parish Schoolmaster, 391

PART III.- POETS OF THE ELIZABETHAN AGE.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, 395 Francis Beaumont,

Sir Walter Raleigh,

397 John Fletcher,

Edmund Spenser,

398 Philip Massinger,

Sir Philip Sidney,

402 | Drummond of Hawthornden,

George Chapman,

404 Robert Herrick,

Sir John Harrington,

404 Henry King,

Samuel Daniel,

404 Francis Quarles,

Robert Southwell,

404 Richard Crashaw,

Joshua Sylvester,

404 James Shirley,

William Shakspeare,

405 Edmund Waller,

Ben Jonson,

409 John Milton,

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POETRY OF THE ELIZABETHAN AGE.

Spring,

421 | The Bride,

The Means of a Happy Life, 421 To the Moon,

The Pilgrimage,

422 Epithalamion,

Lines written the Night before Time goes by turns,

Execution,

423 The Soul's Errand,

Una and the Lion,

423 Noble Patronage of Learning,

The Ministry of Angels, 425 Mercy,

Verulam. From the Ruins of Sonnet,

Time,

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BOOK OF ENGLISH POETRY.

PART I.-MODERN ENGLISH POETS.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. The peculiar characteristics of the modern school of British Poets may be concisely stated to originate in the abandonment of classical imagery, and the artificial ideas adapted from Greek and Roman mythology, for the more direct subserviency of the muse to truth and nature. All poetry is, indeed, necessarily inspired by the truthíul appreciation of nature; but the choice of subject, and the mode of treatment, are equally affected by the fashions and tendencies of the age, and thus the works of the true poet become the mirror in which the characteristics of his era are reflected and faithfully depicted for other times.

During the latter part of the eighteenth century, names belonging to the modern school of poets began to appear among those singularly fantastic writers, such as Darwin, Hayley, and Weston, who so fitly represented the character of that most formal and artificial period.

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