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SELECTIONS FEOM THE ENGLISH POETS,
Illustrattbe of tjose jf irst ULtuwitts of tficir art;

WITH MARKINGS OP THE BEST PASSAGES, CRITICAL NOTICES
OF THE WRITERS,

AND AN ESSAY IN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION

"WHAT IS POETRY?"
BY LEIGH HUNT.

SECOND EDITION.

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PREFACE.

This book is intended for all lovers of poetry and the sister arts, but more especially for those of the most poetical sort, and most especially for the youngest and the oldest: for as the former may incline to it for information's sake, the latter will perhaps not refuse it their good-will for the sake of old favourites. The Editor has often wished for such a book himself; and as nobody will make it for him, he has made it for others.

It was suggested by the approbation which the readers of a periodical work bestowed on some extracts from the poets, commented, and marked with italics, on a principle of co-perusal, as though the Editor were reading the passages in their company. Those readers wished to have more such extracts;

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