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Edmund Waller
(1606-1687) born on
Mar 03
English poet. His adoption of smooth, regular versification prepared the way for the heroic couplet's emergence as the dominant form of poetic expression.
Why came I so untimely forth
Into a world which, wanting thee,
Could entertain us with no worth
Or shadow of felicity?

The fear of hell, or aiming to be blest,
Savours too much of private interest.
Poets that lasting marble seek
Must carve in Latin or in Greek.
Though with judgment we on things reflect,
Our will determines, not our intellect.
Poets lose half the praise they should have got,
Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: To a very young Lady
R: Of Divine Love, cto. 2.
A: Of English Verse
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: "Upon Roscommon's Translation of Horace," "De Arte Poetica."

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