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Shelley wrote: "The distinction between poets and prose- writers is a vulgar error,
" and for him Plato, Bacon, and Rousseau are poets, for their appeal primarily is
to the imagination. In this sense all novelists might be considered poets. Yet it is ...
Dickens is poetic not as a result of any especial use of language, but by virtue of
the intensity of his visual sense and his awareness of relationships below the
conscious level. He is a symbolist; his work is poetic as dreams are poetic.
Passages comparable may be found in Meredith's other novels, in Beauchamp's
Career especially. Unless we may call them poetry we have no word adequately
to describe them. The passage is complex, but the complexity is that of poetry.
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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