q[...]defective in its action, it was resplendent with sublime thoughts perhaps superior to any in Virgil or Homer, and full of incomparable and exquisitely moving passages. In spite of his belief that Milton's blank verse was a mistake, making for looseness and incorrectness, he borrowed lines and images from it, and in Bk. IV of The Life of Our Blessed Lord he incorporated a whole passage of Milton's blank verse in the midst of his heroic couplets. Wesley's attitude toward Dryden deserves a moment's pause. In the qEssay on Heroic Poetryq he observed that a speech of Satan's in Paradise Lost is nearly equalled in Dryden's State of Innocence. Later in the same essay he credited a passage in Dryden's King Arthur with showing an improvement upon Tasso. There is no doubt as to his vast respect for the greatest living poet, but his remarks do not indicate that he ranked Dryden with Virgil, Tasso, or Milton; for he recognized as well as[...]q.Wesleya#39;s attitude toward Dryden deserves a momenta#39;s pause. In the aquot;Essay on Heroic Poetryaquot; he observed that a speech of Satana#39;s in Paradise Lost is nearly equalled in Drydena#39;s State of Innocence.
|Title||:||Epistle to a Friend Concerning Poetry and the Essay on Heroic Poetry|
|Publisher||:||CreateSpace - 2015-03-26|