of words. When one sees there are actually such Back to Full Books). 8 I shall give but one Instance of this Impropriety of Thought in Homer, and at the same time compare it with an Instance of the same nature, both in Virgil and Milton. For, having but small talents, he must be merry where he can, not where he should. It has been observed by several that the lion has changed his manner of acting twice or thrice since his first appearance, which will not seem strange when I acquaint my reader that the lion has been changed upon the audience three several times. The first thing to be considered in an Epic Poem, is the Fable, which is perfect or imperfect, according as the Action which it relates is more or less. I shall only instance Albertus Magnus, who, in his dissertation upon the loadstone, observing that fire will destroy its magnetic virtues, tells us that he took particular notice of one as it lay glowing amidst a heap of burning coals, and that he perceived.
She then brought two of her children to him, who died some years before, and resided with her in the same delightful bower, advising him to breed up those others which were still with him in such a manner that they might hereafter all. Newberry, to represent his name by a picture, hung up at his door the sign of a yew-tree, that has several berries upon it, and in the midst of them a great golden N hung upon a bough of the tree, which by the help. This Passage I look upon to be the most exceptionable in the whole Poem, as being nothing else but a String of Punns, and those too very indifferent.
Besides it was easier for Homer and Virgil to dash the Truth with Fiction, as they were in no danger of offending the Religion of their Country. The first would be, as it were, lost and swallowed up by it, and the other difficult to be contained. After this short history of punning, one would wonder how it should be so entirely banished out of the learned world as it is at present, especially since it had found a place in the writings of the most ancient polite authors. One Tryphiodorus was a great master in this kind of writing. With a light, kindly humour, that was never personal and never could give pain, he sought to soften the harsh lines of life, abate its follies, and inspire the temper that alone can overcome its wrongs. Fourthly, Being entirely void of reason, he pursues no point either of morality or instruction, but is ludicrous only for the sake of being. I have often reflected with myself on this unaccountable humour in womankind, of being smitten with everything that is showy and superficial; and on the numberless evils that befall the sex from this light fantastical disposition.
London AND NEW york edition DE luxe This Edition of Addison s Essays is limited to One Thousand copies. Addison s essay l setting forth the moral purpose of The Spectator, to b ring philosophy out of closets and libraries, to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit. To reprint the Tatler, or the Guardian, or the Spectator, that we may enjoy the essays of Addison seems to XVI introduction. Me much as if we were.