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Henry Home Kames’s Elements of Criticism was a very unreadable document for today’s readers. This later abridgement, edited by John Frost, made an enormous difference. Kames’ critical elements, at a time when scientific objectification was popular, centers the attention to power of “emotions and passions.” Passion produces action and passions can evoke emotions that also produce action. In this Kames finds the understanding and manipulation of that which effect emotions and passions as critical to reading and understanding speech and literature.
Kames, Henry Home. Elements of Criticism, Abridged. Edited by John Frost. Philadelphia: Hogan, 1831.

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