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" The appropriate business of poetry, (which, nevertheless, if genuine, is as permanent as pure science,) her appropriate employment, her privilege and her duty, is to treat of things not as they are, but as they appear ; not as they exist in themselves,... "
Poems by William Wordsworth:: Including Lyrical Ballads, and the ... - Page 343
by William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth - 1815 - 527 pages
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 47

1832
...borrow with the grace they lend.' As the appropriate business of poetry, according to Mr. Wordsworth, is to treat of things not as they are, but as they appear to be, — not as they exist in themselves, but as they seem to exist to the senses and the passions...
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The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Volume 2

William Wordsworth - 1827
...chiefly proceed ; but upon Youth it operates with peculiar force. The appropriate business of poetry (which, nevertheless, if genuine, is as permanent...what temptations to go astray are here held forth for them whose thoughts have been little disciplined by the understanding, and whose feelings revolt from...
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The poetical works of William Wordsworth, Volume 2

William [poetical works] Wordsworth - 1827
...chie6y proceed ; but upon Youth it operates with peculiar force. The appropriate business of poetry (which, nevertheless, if genuine, is as permanent...exist in themselves, but as they seem to exist to the sense* and to the passions. What a world of delusion does this acknowledged principle prepare for the...
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The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth: Complete in One Volume

William Wordsworth - Fore-edge painting - 1828 - 340 pages
...treat of things not as they are, hnt as thry appear; not as they exist in themselves, hnt as tliey teem to exist to the senses and to the passions. What a world of delnsion does this acknowledged principle prepare for the inexperienced! what temptations to go astray...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 47

English literature - 1832
...poetry, according to Mr. Wordsworth, is to treat of things not as they are, but as they appear to be, — not as they exist in themselves, but as they seem to exist to the senses and the passions of mankind, — there might, no doubt, be some danger of a rather spurious offspring rising...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 47

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Sir John Murray IV, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Sir William Smith, Rowland Edmund Prothero Baron Ernle, George Walter Prothero - 1832
...borrow jvith the grace they lend.' As the appropriate business of poetry, according to Mr. Wordsworth, is to treat of things not as they are, but as they appear to be, — not as they exist in themselves, but as they seem to exist to the senses and the passions...
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The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Volume 2

William Wordsworth - English poetry - 1837
...chiefly proceed ; but upon Youth it operates with peculiar force. The appropriate business of poetry, (which, nevertheless, if genuine, is as permanent...passions. What a world of delusion does this acknowledged obligation prepare for the inexperienced! what temptations to go astray are here held forth for them...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 161

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Sir John Murray IV, William Smith, Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle) - English literature - 1885
...' The appropriate business of Poetry,' says Wordsworth, ' her privilege, and her duty, is to treat things not as they are, but as they appear; not as...they seem to exist to the senses and to the passions' The most prosaic minds can apprehend things as they are ; the attributes with which passion and feeling...
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The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 11

John Holmes Agnew, Walter Hilliard Bidwell - 1847
...early prefaces, " that the appropriate business of poetry, her appropriate employment, her privilege, her duty, is to treat of things not as they are, but...themselves, but as they seem to exist to the senses and the passions." This, however, is no depreciation of poetry, though at first glance it may look so,...
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The Christian Examiner and Religious Miscellany

Liberalism (Religion) - 1845
...thing. It has been said that the business of poetry, in contradistinction to philosophy or science, is " to treat of things not as they are, but as they...themselves, but as they seem to exist to the senses and the passions." But it is difficult to say what things are except by what they seem to us, and it is...
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