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" fine frenzy ' which he ascribes to the poet, — a fine frenzy doubtless, but still a frenzy. Truth, indeed, is essential to poetry ; but it is the truth of madness. The reasonings are just ; but the premises are false. After the first suppositions have... "
Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature - Page 431
1844
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Life of Milton

David Masson - 1860 - 267 pages
...a fine frenzy, doubtless, but still a frenzy. Truth, indeed, is essential to poetry; but it is the truth of madness. The reasonings are just; but the...false. After the first suppositions have been made, every thing ought to be consistent ; but those first suppositions require a degree of credulity which...
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Bentley's Miscellany, Volume 59

Literature - 1866
...Gombroon. Although truth is pronounced by Macaulay to be essential to poetry, it is, he maintains, the truth of madness : the reasonings are just, but the...false. After the first suppositions have been made, he says, everything ought to be consistent; but those first suppositions require a degree of credulity...
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The Works of Lord Macaulay, Complete: Critical and historical essays

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - 1866
...a fine frenzy doubtless, but still a frenzy. Truth, indeed, is essential to poetry ; but it is the truth of madness. The reasonings are just ; but the...false. After the first suppositions have been made, every thing ought to be consistent ; but those first suppositions require a degree of credulity which...
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Cues from All Quarters: Or, The Literary Musings of a Clerical Recluse

Francis Jacox - 1871 - 340 pages
...Gombroon. Although truth is pronounced by Macaulay to be essential to poetry, it is, he maintains, the truth of madness : the reasonings are just, but the...false. After the first suppositions have been made, he says, everything ought to be consistent ; but those first suppositions require a degree of credulity...
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The Works of Lord Macaulay Complete, Volume 5

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - Great Britain - 1871
...a fine frenzy doubtless, but still a frenzy. Truth, indeed, is essential to poetry ; but it is the truth of madness. The reasonings are just ; but the...false. After the first suppositions have been made, every thing ought to be consistent ; but those first suppositions require a degree of credulity which...
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Literature of the English Language: Comprising Representative Selections ...

Ephraim Hunt - American literature - 1872 - 640 pages
...a fine frenzy doubtless, but still a frenzy. Truth, indeed, is essential to poetry ; but it is the truth of madness. The reasonings are just ; but the...false. After the first suppositions have been made, every thing ought to be consistent ; but those first suppositions require a degree of credulity which...
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Critical and Historical Essays Contributed to the Edinburgh Review

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - English literature - 1875 - 850 pages
...frenzy. Truth, indeed, is essential to .poetry; but it is the trulh of madness. The reasonings arc just ; but the premises are false. After the first suppositions have been made, every thing onght to be consistent ; but those first suppositions require a degree of credulity which...
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The Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Journal

1877
...gifted with no ordinary judgment, says : — " Truth, indeed, is essential to poetry, but it is the truth of madness. The reasonings are just, but the...partial and temporary derangement of the intellect." And again : — " Perhaps no person can be a poet or can even enjoy poetry without a certain unsoundness...
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The Dublin University Magazine, Volume 89

1877
...gifted with no ordinary judgment, says: — " Truth, indeed, is essential to poetry, but it is the truth of madness. The reasonings are just, but the...partial and temporary derangement of the intellect." And again : — " Perhaps no person can be a poet or can even enjoy poetry without a certain unsoundness...
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Catholic progress, Volume 6

Young men's Catholic assoc - 1877
...indeed essential to poetry ; but it is the truth of madness. The reasonings are just, but the premisses are false. After the first suppositions have been made, everything ought to be consistent." There can be no doubt this is a mistaken view of the office of a poet. It is quite true that the premisses...
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