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R. NEWBERY begs leave to recommend these and the fubfequent Volumes to the young Gentlemen and Ladies who have read his little Books. In thofe he attempted to lead the young Pupil to a Love of Knowledge, in these he has endeavoured to introduce him to the Arts and Sciences, where all useful Knowledge is contained. This may be faid, he apprehends, without depreciating the Claffics, which are ever to be held in Efteem, but are to be esteemed principally for being the Keys of Literature, and for disclofing to us the Tafte and Wisdom of the Ancients.
The Reader will perceive that a very free Ufe has been made of the Works of many Authors, and the Nature of the Subject required it; for it is in Criticism, as in Life, one good Example is worth many Precepts.
The Examples here collected from different Books will give no Offence, it is hoped, either to the Authors or Proprietors; for, whatever may be the Fate of these Volumes, they can neither depreciate the Merit of those Books, nor anticipate their Sale; but will, we apprehend, have a contrary Effect.
In fome Parts of the Work, and especially towards the latter End, Sentiments and Reflections will be found which may appear, perhaps, fingular; but, it is prefumed, they will not on that account be thought impertinent. They are generally concerning Things with which Learning has little to do, but where Nature herself is to be confulted, and here no Preeminence is to be claimed in Confequence of a fuperior Education; fince every Man can best feel how he is affected.
Whatever Value thefe Reflections and Observations may have, the Examples introduced will always have their Merit, and will, we hope, lead the young Student to a careful perufal of the Volumes from whence they are extracted.
Of the Origin of Poetry
Of Mufic and Dancing
The Intention of these perverted
Of the Structure of English Verfe, and of Rhyme
Of the feveral forts of English Verfes
Of the Elifions allowed in English Poetry, with Miscellaneous Remarks
Of the Beauty of THOUGHT in Poetry
Thoughts in Poetry may be just without being true
Of agreeable or beautiful Thoughts, with Examples
Of brilliant Thoughts, with Examples
The Difference between the Style of Poetry and Profe ibid.
Epithets to be used fparingly when the Paffions are concerned
None are found in the affecting Oration which Shakespeare puts into the Mouth of Mark Authony
Of the Metaphor, the Simile and the Description
The Sublime Style
The Plain Style
Tropes and Figures beft learned by reading the Poets and polite Authors
56 to 61
Epigram written by Mr. Pope with the Earl of Chesterfield's Diamond pencil
On a Flower painted by Varelft, by Mr. Prior
On a Man who hired People to make Verses for him
On an ugly Woman
On Prometheus drawn by a bad Painter, by Mr. Cowley 60
On the erecting of a Monument to the Memory of Mr.
On a bad Writer, by Mr. Prior
On a reasonable Affliction, by Mr. Prior
On Apollo and Daphne, by Mr. Smart
PRECEPTS for the EPITAPH, with Occafional Remarks, from
Epitaph on Orpheus
61 to 69
On Mary Countefs Dowa. of Pembroke, by Ben Johnson 63 On a beautiful and virtuous Lady, by the fame ibid. On Mr. Gay, by Mr. Pope
On Dr. Francis Atterbury, Bp. of Rochefter, by Mr. Pope 6.4 On Mafter----who died of a lingering Illness, by Mr. Smart
On Mr. Prior, written by himself
On one who would not be buried in Westminster-Abbey,
On Signior Fido, a Greyhound, by Mr. Pope
PRECEPTS for the ELEGY,with occafional Remarks 70 to 84
Elegy to the memory of an unfortunate Lady,byMr.Pope70
On the fuppos'd Death of Mr. Partridge the Almanackhaker, by Dr. Swift
PRECEPTS for the PASTORAL, with occafional Remarks
84 to 116
Defcription of a deep Snow in which a Husbandman was
PRECEPTS for DIDACTIC or PRECEPTIVE POETRY,
The origin and use of this kind of Poetry