Art of Poetry an Epistle to the Pisos
He begins with general reflections, generally addressed to his three friends. Credite_, Pisones!--pater, & juvenes _patre digni!--In these preliminary rules, equally necessary to be observed by Poets of every denomination, he dwells on the necessity of unity of design, the danger of being dazzled by the splendor of partial beauties, the choice of subjects, the beauty of order, the elegance and propriety of diction, and the use of a thorough knowledge of the nature of the several different species of Poetry: summing up this introductory portion of his Epistle, in a manner perfectly agreeable to the conclusion of it.
Descriptas servare vices, operumque colores,
Cur ego si nequeo ignoroque, poeta salutor?
Cur nescire, pudens pravè, quam discere malo?
From this general view of poetry, on the canvas of Aristotle, but entirely after his own manner, the writer proceeds to give the rules and