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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.
         
   
F
Why came I so untimely forth
Into a world which, wanting thee,
Could entertain us with no worth
Or shadow of felicity?

R
The fear of hell, or aiming to be blest,
Savours too much of private interest.
A
Poets that lasting marble seek
Must carve in Latin or in Greek.
N
Though with judgment we on things reflect,
Our will determines, not our intellect.
K
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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