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" It is said of the incomparable Virgil, that he brought forth his verses like a bear, and after formed them with licking. "
Poetaster - Page xc
by Ben Jonson - 1905 - 282 pages
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Critical Essays of the Seventeenth Century ...: vol. II, 1650-1685; vol. III ...

Joel Elias Spingarn - Criticism - 1908
...there never come(s) from them one Sense worth the life '5 of a Day. A Rymer and a Poet are two things. It is said of the incomparable Virgil that he brought forth his verses like a Beare, and after form'd them with licking. Scaliger the Father writes it of him, that he made a quantitie...
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Discoveries, 1641: Conversations with William Drummond of Hawthornden, 1619

Ben Jonson - Authors, English - 1641 - 106 pages
...there never come from them one Sense, worth the life of a Day. A Rymer, 93 and a Poet, are two things. It is said of the incomparable Virgil, that he brought forth his verses like a Beare, and after form'd them with licking. Scaliger, the Father, writes it of him, that he made a quantitie...
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The Writer's Home Companion: An Anthology of the World's Best Writing Advice ...

Joan Bolker - Reference - 1997 - 269 pages
...poetry is reflected in one of Ben Jonson's observations. "A rimer and a poet are two things," he wrote. "It is said of the incomparable Virgil that he brought...like a bear, and after formed them with licking." In the physicality of the medium we find an explanation of our kinesthetic response to poetry, the...
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Late Shakespeare: A New World of Words

Simon Palfrey - Drama - 1997 - 298 pages
...is the ambivalence of Pygmalion's example, as the strength of his desire transforms Compare Jonson: 'It is said of the incomparable Virgil, that he brought forth his verses like a Beare, and after form'd them with licking.' Discoveries, IL 2449-3n, in Ben Jonson, ed. Herford and...
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Curiosities and Texts: The Culture of Collecting in Early Modern England

Marjorie Swann - History - 2001 - 280 pages
...the wainscot, beat not the poor desk, but bring all to the forge, and file again, turn it anew. ... It is said of the incomparable Virgil that he brought...verses like a bear, and after formed them with licking. (Timber, 2459-66) In Jonson's poetics, the physicality of the imitative poet's copia is transformed...
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Jonson, Shakespeare and Early Modern Virgil

Margaret Tudeau-Clayton - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 280 pages
...and illustrated by an anecdote about Virgil which may lie behind the image of poems as 'issue' here. It is said of the incomparable Virgil, that he brought forth his verses like a Beare, and after form'd them with licking. Scaliger, the Father, writes it of him, that he 42 This...
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