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I. ON THE ORIGIN OF ROMANTIC FICTION IN EUROPE.

II. ON THE INTRODUCTION OF LEARNING INTO ENGLAND,

VOL.

III.

TO THIS VOLUME IS PREFIXED A THIRD DISSERTATION

ON THE GES TA ROMAN O R U M.

Ву

THOMAS WARTON, B. D.
Fellow of TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD, and of the Society of ANTIQUARIES, and

late PROFESSOR of POETRY in the UNIVERSITY of OXFORD.

LONDON:

Printed for, and sold by, J. DODSLEY, Pall-Mall; J. WALTER, Charing-Cross ; J. ROBSON,
New Bond-Street; G. ROBINSON, and J. Bew, Pater-nofter-Row; and

Meffrs. FLETCHER, at Oxford. M. DCC. LXXXI.

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PETRARCH's sonnets. Lord Surrey. His education, tra

vels, mistress, life, and poetry. He is the first writer of blankverse. Italian blank-verse. Surrey the first English claffic poet,

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Sir Thomas Wyat. Inferior to Surrey as a writer of fonnets. His

life. His genius characterised. Excels in moral poetry.

SECTION XXI. p. 41.

The first printed Miscellany of English poetry. Its contributors,

Sir Francis Bryan, Lord Rochford, and Lord Vaulx. The first true pastoral in English. Sonnet-writing cultivated by the nobility. Sonnets by king Henry the eighth. Literary character of

that king

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The second writer of blank-verse in English. Specimens of early blank-verse.

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