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An Essay on Satire, Particularly on the Dunciad

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Author: Walter Harte
Published: 1730
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,342 / 45 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 490
Added to site: 2009.06.26
mnybks.net#: 24537
Genre: Essays
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wide gap between the real satanic host and its London auxiliary, there is little doubt that Harte grasped the underlying seriousness of his mentor's analogies and his own.

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A few words remain to be said about Boileau's Discourse of Satires Arraigning Persons by Name, which so far as I know appeared with all early printings of Harte's Essay.

The Discourse was first published in 1668, with the separately printed edition of Boileau's ninth satire; in the same year it was included in a collected edition of the satires. It was occasioned, evidently, by a critic's complaint that the modern satirist, departing from ancient practice, "offers insults to individuals."[24]

The only English translation of the Discourse that I have discovered before 1730 appears in volume two (1711) of a three-volume translation of Boileau's works. This, however, is not the same translation as the one accompanying Harte's Essay; it is noticeably less fluent

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