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A R G
Ε Ν Τ
OF THE FIRST EPISTLE.
Introduktion.-Design of the Poem to remove prejudices
which obstruct the cultivation of Epic writing.-Origin of Poetry.—Honors paid to its infancy.--Homer the firf Poet remaining.--Difficulty of the question why be had no. Successor in Greece.- Remark of a celebrated Writer, that as Criticism flourishes Poetry declines.Defence of Critics.—Danger of a bigoted acquiescence in critical Systems—and of a Poet's criticising his own works.—Advantages of Friendship and Study of the higher Poets
E P I S T L E I.
ERISH that critic pride, which oft has hurld
Its empty thunders o'er the Epic world;
Such dark decrees have letter'd Bigots penn'd *,