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" The invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said the works of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies, and deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse... "
Critical and Miscellaneous Essays - Page 262
by John Wilson - 1842
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Introducing Cultural Studies: Learning through Practice

David Walton - Social Science - 2007 - 336 pages
...intelligence hourly gratifies [through newspapers] [...] The invaluable works of our elder writers [...] are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse. (Wordsworth, 'Preface to Lyrical Ballads' [1798] 1993: 145) In 'A Defence of Poetry' Percy Bysshe Shelley...
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Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England

Michael Alexander - History - 2007 - 306 pages
...'The invaluable works of our elder Writers, I had almost said the works of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...tragedies, and deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse.'9 The suicide of Gray's Bard can be seen as fulfilling, though negatively and with Gray's own...
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Romanticism, Medicine, and the Poet's Body

James Robert Allard - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 166 pages
...role of the poet and poetry in relation to a literary marketplace that seemed to favor and be overrun by "frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse" (Wordsworth, "Preface" 747). In particular, Wordsworth's "Preface" to Lyrical Ballads and Shelley's...
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Romantic Psychoanalysis: The Burden of the Mystery

Joel Faflak - Literary Criticism - 333 pages
...wwclinical terrain of poetry, and at a time when in the Preface to Lyrical Ballads Wordsworth warns against "frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse" (WP 735) or Shelley, somewhat later in A Defence of Poetry, refers to poets as the "wwacknowledged...
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Romanticism After Auschwitz

Sara Emilie Guyer - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 364 pages
..."leveling," Wordsworth is sure to maintain the difference between "good" poetry and the "amusements" of "frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse" (William Wordsworth, "Preface to Lyrical Ballads," in The Prose Works of William Wordsworth, ed. WJ...
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On Eloquence

Denis Donoghue - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2008 - 208 pages
...The invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said the works of Shakspeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse. 15 "The rapid communication of intelligence": meaning newspapers, as today it would mean television...
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Manly Leaders in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Daniela Garofalo - Literary Criticism - 2009 - 216 pages
...The invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said the works of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse. — When I think upon this degrading thirst after outrageous stimulation, I am almost ashamed to have...
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The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810

Thomas F. Bonnell - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 408 pages
...related to them. The gore in these descriptions calls to mind Wordsworth's contemporary denunciation of 'frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse'. The verses that fascinated Cooke's illustrators featured dungeons, ghosts, howling tigers, phantoms,...
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