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to : "There is a poem of this season, called, The Pleasures of Imagination, worth your reading; but it is an expensive quarto; if it comes out in a less size, I will bring it with me" 30 May (?) 1744; in Letters, ed. Mallam (1939) 71.
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Rasonensis: "Among the various and almost innumerable poems, which have adorned our language, and done honour to the genius of our nation during the present century, none are superior, few are equal, to Dr. Akenside's Pleasures of the Imagination. This poem every where abounds with each of the sources of the true sublime, which, according to Longinus, are, grandeur and sublimity of conception; enthusiastical pathos; elegant formation and order of figure; splendid diction; and, which includes them all in one, weight and dignity of composition. These strike us like lightning. They rouse admiration beyond its existential limits; it becomes wonder and astonishment. When these are united in a poem strictly philosophical, on a subject of no less importance than an investigation into the phenomena of the human mind, it not only charms and delights, but also in a very high degree improves the reader. This seems to be the peculiar excellence of he work before us. It is the only one of the large catalogue of philosophical poems which have come within my notice, that unites these qualities" London Chronicle (23 July 1778) 76.
Edmund Gosse: "The first edition of the Pleasures of Imagination was anonymous, and in three books of cold and stately blank verse. In the prose 'design,' Akenside mentioned Addison, from whom he had borrowed much, but not Shaftesbury, to whom he owed his entire philosophical groundwork. Akenside thought that 'the separation of the works of imagination from philosophy' was a very undesirable thing, and he determined to unite the theories of the Characteristics with his own strenuous verse; Akenside afterwards re-wrote his poem, without improving it. His odes are icy-cold, and full of elegance rather than beauty; his Hymn to the Naiads is usually held, and with good cause, to be his best poem, the most graceful, the most sculpturesque specimen of his blank verse" History of Eighteenth-Century Literature (1889) 311.
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: "Dr. Akenside, by some thought a poet, was of the same principles with, and an intimate friend of, Dyson, who obtained h is being named Physician to the Queen. To that mistress and to that friend he made a sacrifice of the word 'Liberty,' in the last edition of his poem on the Pleasures of the Imagination. It was uncourtly, a personification to be invoked by one who felt the pulse of royalty" 1764; Memoirs of George III, ed. G. F. Russell Barker (1894) 1:317n.
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: "Dr. Akenside, in his Poem on the Pleasures of the Imagination, has attempted to blend philosophy with criticism. It is taken, as you have probably observed, from Mr. Addison's papers in the Spectator on the same subject. It is however but little read at present, and the reason is, that is possesses more the language than the spirit of poetry" Letters on Literature, Taste, and Composition (1808) 2:157.
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Harvard Lyceum: "The grand and preeminent object of this work was to open a new species of criticism; a species, which by chance had escaped the penetrating researches of all former criticks, but which could claim the superiority to almost every other, from its intimate connexion with the nature and constitution of man. Preceding writers had indeed laid down rules for the constitution and form of a poem; they had shewn where the more solid materials of an edifice of that kind were to be obtained; they had given direction for the arrangement of the parts; and had even descended so far as to offer their instructions respecting the proper disposition of ornaments. But farther than this external, mechanical structure, they scarcely extended their investigations. It was reserved for Akenside first to point out the sources of that inexpressible charm, which those poetick structures had possessed. It was for him to trace their pleasing influence to actual principles, implanted by nature in the human mind. Aristotle, the father of criticism, Horace, Boileau, Addison, Pope, and many other masters of the excellent art, had given to it indeed a 'form and pressure;' they had wrought it to a high degree of perfection, but in a great measure, it was like mechanical perfection; — it was for Akenside at length, to breathe into it the breath of life" "Essay on " 1 (23 February 1811) 394.
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William Goodhugh: "Addison, the accomplished scholar, the refined critic, the enlightened moralist, like another Socrates, brought philosophy from the schools, and arranged her in the most engaging attire, calling the attention of his countrymen to virtue and to taste, in his elegant and entertaining essays" The English Gentleman's Library Manual (1827) 155.