Progress of Poesy

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A Pindaric ode by T. Gray, published 1757. Gray describes the different kinds of poetry, its varying powers, its primitive origins, and its connections with political liberty. He recounts its progress from Greece, to Italy, to Britain, paying homage to Shakespeare, Milton, and Dryden—a footnote singling out Dryden's ‘Sublime’ ‘Ode on St Cecilia's Day’—and concludes that no one in his day can equal them. Dr Johnson found the poem obscure. See also Bard, The.

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