John Dryden and a British Academy (Classic Reprint) by Oliver Farrar EmersonJohn Dryden and a British Academy (Classic Reprint) by Oliver Farrar Emerson

John Dryden and a British Academy (Classic Reprint)

byOliver Farrar Emerson

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Excerpt from John Dryden and a British Academy

I am desirous, if it were possible, that we might all write with the same certainty of words and purity of phrase to which the Italians first arrived, and after them the French; at least that we might advance so far as our tongue is capable of such a standard. We are full of monosyllables, and those clogged with consonants; and our pronunciation is effeminate: all which are enemies to a sounding language. It is true that, to supply our poverty, we have trafficked with our neighbour nations, by which means we abound as much in words as Amsterdam does in religions; but to order them, and make them useful after their admission is the difficulty. A greater progress has been made in this since his majesty's return than perhaps since the conquest to his time. But the better part of the work remains unfinished; and that which has been done already, since it has only been in the practice of some few writers, must be digested into rules and method, before it can be profitable to the general.

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Title:John Dryden and a British Academy (Classic Reprint)Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.05 inPublished:January 10, 2019Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

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