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Especially the E P I C:
THE LATE POEM
LEONID A S.
LONDON: Printed by H. WOODFALL.
J. NOU R S E, without Temple-Bar ; and R,
PON reading many years ago
the works of Homer I formed to my self an idea of poetry, which I afterwards found to disagree in several particulars, with what had been delivered by the most eminent critics. Asin conversation with my
friends occasions offered from time to time to give my opinion on this subject, I was often sollicited to publish my thoughts : but employments of a quite different nature always prevented me from ever thinking of writing upon a point so liable to disputes. It was the poem on Leonidas, that put me upon recollecting my former conceptions on this head, which I have here sent abroad with a disposition ready to receive in