Odes on Several Subjects (Akenside)
ΑΠΕΡΑΝΤΟΝ. ΕΤΩ Δ'ΑΣΤΟΙΣ ΑΔΩΝ, ΚΑΙ
ΧΘΟΝΙ ΓΥΙΑ ΚΑΛΥΨΑΙ-
Μ',ΑΙΝΕΩΝ ΑΙΝΗΤΑ, ΜΟΜ-
ΦΑΝ Δ'ΕΠΙΣΠΕΙΡΩΝ ΑΛΙΤΡΟΙΣ.
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THE following Odes were written at very distant intervals, and with a view to very different manners of expression and versification. The author pretends chiefly to the merit of endeavouring to be correct, and of carefully attending to the best models. From what the ancients have left of this kind, perhaps the Ode may be allow'd the most amiable species of poetry;, but certainly there is none which in modern languages has been generally attempted with so little success. For the perfection of lyric poetry depends, beyond that of any other, on the beauty of words and the gracefulness of numbers; in both which respects the ancients had infinite advantages above us. A consideration which will alleviate the author's disappointment, if he too should be found to have miscarried.
Printed for R. Dodsley at Tully's Head in Pall-Mall,
And Sold by M. Cooper in Pater-noster-Row.
- Ode I: Allusion to Horace
- Ode II: On the Winter Solstice, 1740.
- Ode III: Against Suspicion
- Ode IV: To a Gentleman whose Mistress had Married and Old Man
- Ode V: Hymn to Chearfulness, the Author Sick
- Ode VI: On the Absence of the Poetic Inclination
- Ode VII: To a Friend, on the Hazard of Falling in Love
- Ode VII: On leaving Holland
- Ode IX: To Sleep
- Ode X: On Lyric Poetry
This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.