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The pleasure we get from it comes from the fact that it is as it is ; if it were something else our pleasure would be different . And we do not “ understand ” the poem by paraphrasing it , by " translating " it into prose .
They are , in fact , a boy's characters : fabulous beings , drawn not critically but in wonder . And one of them is quite excellent , the gentlemanly boatswain Mr. Chucks , a comic creation Dickens would not have been ashamed of .
Much of the misapprehension of him comes from this fact , and from the related fact that , formally , he was a man of little education writing for a public often more poorly educated than himself . The public he wrote for was largely a ...
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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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