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" If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account; or why it may not be as safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind as upon a ' mirror which shows all that presents itself without discrimination. "
Encyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and ... - Page 73
1823
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The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems

Stephen Halliwell - Philosophy - 2009 - 440 pages
...to our experience of the world. "If the world be promiscuously described," he writes, "I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account, or why...mirror which shows all that presents itself without discrimination."61 It is important to spell out the corollary of this point, which constitutes a less...
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Gendered spaces: Wandel des "Weiblichen" im englischen Diskurs der frühen ...

Martina Mittag - English literature - 2002 - 260 pages
...at the truth. Grabes, The Mutable Glass, 233 If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account, or why it may not be äs safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind, äs upon a mirrour which shews all that presents...
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Philosophical Dialogue in the British Enlightenment: Theology, Aesthetics ...

Michael Prince - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 282 pages
...proper for imitation ... If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it would be to read the account; or why it may not be as safe...the eye immediately upon mankind, as upon a mirror that shows all that presents itself without discrimination. It is therefore not a sufficient vindication...
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Geschichte der Literaturkritik: Das späte 18. Jahrhundert, das Zeitalter der ...

René Wellek - Criticism - 1978 - 754 pages
...same«. 32. Rambler Nr. 4. Works, 2, 23—4: »If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account: or why...all that presents itself without discrimination.« 33. Rasselas, Kp. io. Works, }, 449: »The business of the poet is to examine, not the individual,...
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