chapter  1
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The Chaos of Critical Theories

A few specimens of the most famous utterances of Aristotle, Longinus, Horace, Boileau, Dryden, Addison, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Carlyle, Matthew Arnold, and some more modern authors, will justify this assertion. ‘All men naturally receive pleasure from imitation/ ‘Poetry is chiefly conversant about general truth/ ‘It demands an enthusiasm allied to madness; transported out of ourselves we become what we imagine/ ‘Beautiful words are the very and peculiar light of the mind/ ‘Let the work be what you like, provided it has simplicity and unity/ ‘De Gustibus.../ ‘O f writing well right thinking is the beginning and the fount/ ‘W e must never separate ourselves from Nature/ ‘Delight is the chief, if not the only end; instruc­ tion can be admitted but in the second place/ ‘The pleasures of Fancy are more conducive to health than those of the under­ standing/ ‘The spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling/ ‘The [7] best words in the best order/ ‘The whole soul of man in activity/ ‘Unity in variety/ ‘The synthetic and magical power of the imagination/ ‘The eye on the object/ ‘The disimprisonment of the soul of fact/ ‘The identification of content and form/ ‘A crit­ icism of Life/ ‘Empathy favourable to our existence/ ‘Signifi­ cant form/ ‘The expression of impressions/ etc., etc.