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Analysis of Poetical Composition.
THERE is nothing more difficult in the philosophy of the human mind than the analysis of the primitive passions and sentiments. In order to know them we must either have felt them ourselves, or we must be contented to arrive slowly at a very imperfect knowledge of them by an examination of their effects on the external actions of the objects who pos sess them.
But different individuals possess the various primitive faculties of the mind in very different degrees and proportions; and are also very unequally endowed with the powers of observation and comparison. Hence arise the imperfect views people take of the characters of each other, and of the mo tives of actions; and consequently we may, in a great mea sure, attribute the illiberality of mankind to this source.
It seems now to be agreed on among all good metaphysical philosophers, that we know objects only in their relation to the subject; that is, we know the world and the various