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"Mr. Scott of Amwell"s ""Elegies"" were lying in the room. Dr. Johnson observed ""They are very well; but such as twenty people might write."" Upon this I took occasion to controvert Horace"s maxim, "" [italics] mediocribus esse poetis Non Di, non homines non concessere columnae:"" [end italics] For here, (I observed,) was a very middle rate poet, who pleased many readers, and therefore poetry of a middle sort was entitled to some esteem; nor could I see why poetry should not, like every thing else, have different gradations of excellence, and consequently of value. Johnson repeated the common remark, that ""as there is no necessity for our having poetry at all, it being merely a luxury, an instrument of pleasure, it can have no value, unless when exquisite in its kind""."

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Originally published 1791.

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[Elegies]

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Originally published 1791.

How to cite this record

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Accessed on 2019/09/17 14:14:21

Related place
England
Related people
Johnson, Samuel
Related text or manuscript
Life of Johnson
Related place
England
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