"'Worked throughout with a fine and
careful hand. — Figures of mere
ostentation. — Show-pieces of fine
writing. — Nature is not confined
to conciseness, but at times amplifies.
— Too sententious & strained a
diction. — The solidity of the
structure is apt to prove oppressive to
the ordinary reader. Too great
uniformity.'Jeffrey on Alfieri."
"'Wanting flow & sweetness. — Strives to
give a fictitious force & energy by
condensation & emphasis & inversion.
— Chastised gravity. — Temperance and
propriety of delineation of the passions.'"
4] pencil underline and erased pencil underline.
5] pencil x and erased pencil arced line.
6] pencil underline and erased pencil underline. Bottom margin] erased pencil annotation:
"Why in the past [tense] [—?—] B.C. was living?" Bottom margin] pencil x and annotation:
"Why in the past tense? B.C. was living ——
is yet. 1866".
Top margin] pencil x and annotation:
"True: no gods, I think, are mentioned in Ossian."
3-4] pencil underlines and x.
15-19] pencil score. Bottom margin] pencil annotation:
"I am rejoiced to see Hazlitt speak for
Ossian. There is nothing more contemptible
in that contemptible man (tho' good poet,
in his department) Wordsworth, than his
contempt for Ossian. And nothing that more
raises my idea of Napoleon than his great
admiration for him. — The loneliness of the
spirit of Ossian harmonized with the
loneliness of the greatness of Napoleon."
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8] pencil underline. Right margin] pencil annotation:
genius, was a
to every person
of taste." Bottom margin] pencil annotation with guideline:
"In Hazlitt you have at times to allow for indigestion."
18-19] pencil arced score.
20-21] pencil arced score and dotted x.
22] pencil checkmark. Bottom margin] pencil dotted x and annotation:
"A rigid analysis would make this
sentiment appear in a different light from
the one in which it is, probably, generally
received. Its vagueness makes it susceptible
of many interpretations; but Truth is
susceptible of but one."