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" I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations. Something, perhaps, I have added to the elegance of its construction, and something to the harmony... "
Essays, Biographical, Critical, and Historical Illustrative of the Rambler ... - Seite 254
von Nathan Drake - 1809
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Introduction to English Literature: With Suggestions for Further Reading and ...

Franklin Verzelius Newton Painter - 1906 - 700 Seiten
...extraordinary circulation. No fewer than ten editions appeared during the author's life. the closing paper, " to refine our language to grammatical purity and to...construction and something to the harmony of its cadence." He lacked the delicate touch of Addison. Of his moral aim he says : " The essays professedly serious,...
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - 479 Seiten
...Plan, written eight years earlier, especially the close. In Rambler 208 (1752) he says: 'I have labored to refine our language to grammatical purity, and...construction, and something to the harmony of its cadence. When common words were less pleasing to the ear, or less distinct in their signification, I have familiarized...
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English Essayists: A Reader's Handbook

William Hawley Davis - 1916 - 217 Seiten
...contributions to the development of the essay deserves further consideration. "I have labored," wrote Johnson, "to refine our language to grammatical purity, and...construction and something to the harmony of its cadence. When common words were less pleasing to the ear, or less distinct in their signification, I have familiarized...
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The Cambridge History of English Literature Volume X the Age of Johnson

...always controlled by the serious purpose. In concluding The Rambler, he stated that he had laboured ' to refine our language to grammatical purity, and...barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations." At this time he was in the midst of a similar and greater task in his Dictionary of the English Language....
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The Life of Samuel Johnson

Robert Anderson - 1973 - 639 Seiten
...improve his native language, by the formation of a more correct and dignified style. " I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and...construction, and something to the harmony of its cadence. Where common words were less pleasing to the ear, or less distinct in their signification, I have familiarised...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D (1815)

Robert Anderson - 1974 - 639 Seiten
...improve his native language, by the formation of a more correct and dignified style. " I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and...construction, and something to the harmony of its cadence. Where common words were less pleasing to the ear, or less distinct in their signification, I have familiarised...
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His and Hers: Essays in Restoration and Eighteenth-century Literature

Ann Messenger - 1986 - 271 Seiten
...its precise discriminations, antitheses, and balances, into the more solid medium of English prose. "Something, perhaps, I have added to the elegance...construction, and something to the harmony of its cadence." Nadezhda Mandelstam preserved the great poems of her husband in her head; for a long time her memory...
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Adverbiale Phraseologismen des Englischen

Christine Sick - 1993 - 319 Seiten
...betrachteten, steht Dr. Samuel Johnson, der sich in bezug auf sein Wörterbuch folgendes Ziel gesteckt hatte: to refine our language to grammatical purity, and...from colloquial barbarisms, licentious Idioms, and irregulär combinations. (Smith 1925:264) 7 ZB Ball (1958), Clark (1958),Collins (1960), Dixon (1891),...
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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

Brian Friel, Philip Davis, Catherine Neal Parke, Howard David Weinbrot, Paul J. Korshin, Eithne Henson, Robert DeMaria, Robert Folkenflik, Clement Hawes, Fred Parker, Philip Smallwood, Michael Felix Suarez, John Wilshire, Thomas Keymer, Steven Lynn - 1997 - 266 Seiten
...authority of Johnsonian English is split apart. Yet it is striking to see how far, having labored in public "to refine our language to grammatical purity, and...barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations" (Rambler 108, v, 318-19), the Johnson of the letters takes an exuberant holiday from linguistic rectitude,...
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Registering the Difference: Reading Literature Through Register

Lance St. John Butler - 1999 - 215 Seiten
...it could become as fit a vehicle for high thoughts as Latin. Johnson claimed that he had 'laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and...barbarisms, licentious idioms and irregular combinations' (Rambler, 14 March 1752). Swift, developing Aristophanes' pronouncement that 'High thoughts must have...
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