Excerpt from An Ode
Vi daring and mofl: remote from all vulgar ideas, or com mon fenfe; they fcem to ¿y from all method; they affeét tranfitions, which appear to be void of all art, though in them there is a great deal; they are fond of neglecting all connections; they begin ... and end their poem in a manner abrupt, fudden, and unexpected; and with a madnefs fuperior to all the laws and rules of writing, dafh about from one thing to another, without obtaining pardon, or even condefcending to all: it. Thefe rules have been obferved with great diligence, and fome fuccefs, by mof't of the writers of modern Odes; but have never been adhered to with that happy exaétnefs, as in the piece which is now before us. It begins in a manner the molt abrupt and unexpected, and ends as abruptly as it begins. It opens with a molt fublime fpeech of a Giant, fuppofed to have run mad from fome difappoint ment in ambition or love; and this, in conformity to the firiétefl laws of criticifm, and theexample of our molt admired writers of Odes, is f0 artificially contrived, that the reader, however fagacious he may be, cannot pofiibly dif cover, before he arrives at the end of the fecond fianza.
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