An Essay on True and Apparent Beauty in which from Settled Principles is Rendered the Grounds for Choosing and Rejecting Epigrams
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An Essay on True and Apparent Beauty in which from Settled Principles is Rendered the Grounds for Choosing and Rejecting Epigrams

By Pierre Nicole
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  • An Essay on True and Apparent Beauty in Which From Settled Principles is Rendered the Grounds for Choosing and Rejecting Epigrams
  • Translated by J. V. Cunningham
    • Publication Number 24 (Series IV, No. 5)
      • Los Angeles William Andrews Clark Memorial Library University of California 1950
    • Los Angeles William Andrews Clark Memorial Library University of California 1950
  • INTRODUCTION
  • AN ESSAY ON TRUE AND APPARENT BEAUTY IN WHICH FROM SETTLED PRINCIPLES IS RENDERED THE GROUNDS FOR CHOOSING AND REJECTING EPIGRAMS.
    • Why men's judgments on beauty differ so much.
    • How seldom it charms in echoing the sense, how commonly by sweetness. Its natural measure in the ear.
    • Pleasantness of sound is justly exacted of poets. The harshness of many poets, particularly the German. Some are too melodious.
    • How diction should be suited to subject-matter.
    • In what way diction should answer to man's inner nature. First, the grounds of the natural disaffection with unusual diction: how far this should be observed.
    • The inner and more intimate agreement of words and nature.
    • On a too metaphorical style. Certain epigrams rejected for this reason.
    • Truth, the primary virtue of ideas. How great a fault there is in untruth. Thence, of false epigrams.
    • On Joan of Arc, who is called "La pucelle d'Orleans"
    • On mythological epigrams.
    • On puns.
    • On hyperbolical ideas.
    • On debatable and controvertible ideas.
    • The second virtue of ideas, that they should agree with the inner nature of the subject; and thence on ideas foreign and accidental to the subject.
    • In what way ideas are to be made agreeable to men's character. On avoiding offense; and, first, on obscenity.
    • On the cheap subject-matter of some epigrams.
    • On spiteful epigrams.
    • On wordy epigrams.
    • On trifling wit, and plays on words.
    • In what way natural inclinations are to be gratified.
    • The origin of the name epigram. Its definition, form, and laws.
    • The material of epigrams; thence the division into different kinds. The first kind and the second.
    • Notes
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