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" It is the spoudaiotes, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle assigns as one of the grand virtues of poetry. The substance of Chaucer's poetry, his view of things and his criticism of life, has largeness, freedom, shrewdness, benignity; but... "
Essays in Criticism: Second Series - Page 31
by Matthew Arnold - 1888 - 331 pages
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The Californian, Volume 4

California - 1881 - 552 pages
...difficult to speak temperately. And yet Chaucer is not one of the great classics. What is wanting to him is the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle assigns as one of the grand virtues of poetry." Then again, of the poetry of Dryden and Pope : " It is the poetry of the builders of an age of prose...
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