Dignified Models and Depictions

Posted: January 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

“For, an accurate taste in poetry, an in all the other arts, as Sir Joshua Reynolds has observed, is an acquired talent, which can only be produced by thought and a long continued intercourse with the best models of composition.”

–William Wordsworth

Sir Joshua Reynolds
(1723 – 1792)

Admiral Augustus Keppel

Mrs. Siddons as The Tragic Muse

Portrait of A Young Man

Mrs. Richard Bennet Lloyd

Dr. Samuel Johnson

“Long as the reader has been detained, I hope he will permit me to caution him against a mode of false criticism which has been applied to poetry, in which the language closely resembled that of life and nature. Such verses have been triumphed over in parodies, of which Dr. Johnson’s stanza is a fair specimen:–

I put my hat upon my head
And walked into the Strand,
And there I met another man
Whose hat was in his hand.”

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