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WITH NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS.

Ka}\ov &kovépév šariv &otéoù
Totoi o oioc & 6 art Seoic vaMykloc abov.
- HoM. Odyss. I. 370, 371.

Poetae quod pie et juste dixerunt, recipit Plato;

Quae, minus recte, detestatur.
BEssar. CAR. IN CAL, PLAT. l. l. c. 8.

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sold By LoNGMAN, HURST, REEs, or ME, AND BRowN ;
AND BY J. GLEAVE, DEANSGATE, MANCHESTER.

1823.

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The following Poem, which appeared, at first, as an Ode, has been amplified so much beyond it's original form, that to change it's Title has become indispensable. Its design, however, is the same ; namely, to descant upon the use and abuse of Poetry. The abstract nature of Poetry is developed; the various sources of it's inspiration are exhibited ; and Poets of eminence, in it's different departments, both ancient and modern, foreign and vernacular, are introduced, in the class to which they appear properly to belong. Brief allusions are frequently made to leading biographical circumstances of the lives of the most illustrious; connected with critical animadversions upon their writings. In the classification, the place assigned to each, has been determined by what was deemed

the peculiar and prevailing fort of the author, or

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