There is a pleasure in poetic pains. Which only poets know.
William Cowper (1731 - 1800)
Source: The Timepiece, line 285.
Contributed by: Zaady
Made poetry a mere mechanic art.
Source: Table Talk. Line 654.
Th' embroid'ry of poetic dreams.
He found it inconvenient to be poor.
Remorse, the fatal egg by pleasure laid.
Source: Progress of Error
Could he with reason murmur at his case, Himself sole author of his own disgrace?
'Tis hard if all is false that I advance A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
The sounding jargon of the schools.
Source: Truth. Line 367.
But still remember, if you mean to please, To press your point with modesty and ease.
A tale should be judicious, clear, succinct; The language plain, and incidents well link'd; Tell not as new what ev'ry body knows; and, new or old, still hasten to a close.
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