Classicism: The Art of Sinking
Watts renovated the religious lyric by purifying its diction and strengthening its syntax. He thus demonstrated that sublimity was no substitute for a redundant Metaphysical tradition. He is a classicist not because, like numerous minor poets, he used the stylistic devices of Dryden and Pope, but because he cultivated what can only be called the art of sinking. His art appropriated lyrical resources until then the monopoly of the Metaphysical poets, and consolidated the stock on which Blake and Wordsworth were to draw.
KeywordsLyrical Resource Syllogistic Reasoning Religious Lyric Elementary Syntax Short Essay
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