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B. 1709 D. 1784
Condemn'd to hope's delusive mine, as on we toil from day to day, by sudden blasts, or slow decline, our social comforts drop away. - Samuel Johnson 'On the death of Dr Robert Levet'
B. 1722 D. 1746
With walking sick, with curtseys lame, and frighted by the scolding dame, poor Mira once again is seen within the bounds of Goslin-Green. - Mary Leapor 'The Visit'
The mountaineer climbs the mountain because it's there; the poet writes poetry so that it should continue to be there.
Dense yet taut poems, grounded in an everyday enriched by an intelligent, idiosyncratic awareness -- Carrie Etter
B. 1631 D. 1700
From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began. - John Dryden 'A Song For St Cecilia's Day'
B. 1572 D. 1637
Drink to me only with thine eyes, and I will pledge with mine. - Ben Jonson 'Song To Celia'
Resonant and lyrical, linguistically precise and emotionally evasive, often at the same time - The Guardian