An essay on genius by Alexander Gerard

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But a few examples shall suffice in so clear a case. All the ancients who are most celebrated for genius in the greater kinds of poetry, eiJ ther invented some new species* or brought a species already invented, to higher perfection; or at least produced compositions distinguished from those of others, by a diversity of subject, or by a peculiar and original manner. Ƙschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, not only composed several tragedies, by which they displayed invention, in the contrivance of the fable, in imagining incidents, in forming characters, in conceiving sentiments adapted to them; but each of them made some considerable improvements in the construction of the drama (b).

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Thus, when the associating principles are strong and have an" extensive influence, they naturally naturally form, in proportion to the degree of their strength, that boundless fertility, that 舦 inexhaustible copiousness of invention, which is not only one necessary ingredient in true genius, but the first and most essential constituent of it. The smallest production will in some measure discover, in what extent this power is possessed. A work of real genius always proclaims, in the clearest manner,: that immense quantities of materials have been collected by fancy, and subjected to the9 author9s choice.

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