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Historical Writing
Philosophical Writing and Dialogue
Epistolary Writing
Fictitious History

of Poetry-Its Origin and Progress-Versification
English Versification
Pastoral Poetry
Lyric Poetry
Didactic Poetry
Descriptive Poetry
The Poetry of the Hebrews
Epic Poetry
Homer's Iliad and Odyssey
The Æneid of Virgil
Lucan's Pharsalia
Tasso's Jerusalem
The Lusiad of Camoens
The Telemachus of Fenelon
The Henriade of Voltaire
Milton's Paradise Lost
Dramatic Poetry-Tragedy
Greek Tragedy
French Tragedy
English Tragedy
Ancient Comedy
Spanish Comedy
French Comedy
English Comedy

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TASTE. TASTE is the power of receiving pleasure or pain from the beauties or deformities of nature and of art." It is a faculty common in some degree to all men. Through the circle of human nature nothing is more general than the relish of beauty of one kind or other ; of what is orderly, proportioned, grand, harmonious, new, or sprightly. Nor does there prevail less generally a disrelish of whatever is gross, disproportioned, disorderly, and discordant. In children the rudiments of taste appear very early in a thousand instances ; in their partiality for regular bodies, their fondness for pictures and statues, and their warm attachment to whatever is new or astonishing. The most stupid peasants receive pleasure from tales and ballads, and are delighted with the beautiful appearances of nature in the earth and heavens. Even in the deserts of Amer. ica, where human nature appears in its most uncultivated state, the savages have their ornaments of dress, their war and their death songs, their harangues and their orators. The principles of taste must therefore be deeply founded in the human mind.

To have some discernment of beauty is no less essential to man, than to possess the attributes of speech and reason.

Though no human being can be entirely devoid of this faculty, yet it is possessed in very different degrees. In some men only faint glimmerings of taste are visi. ble ; the beauties which they relish are of the coarsest kind ; and of these they have only a weak and confused impression ; while in other taste rises to an acute discernment, and a lively enjoyment of the most refined beauties.



BY HUGH BLAIR, D.D. One of the Ministers of the High Church, and Professor of Rhetoric

and Belles Lettres in the University of Edinburgh.



J. Metcalf.... Printer.

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