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THE

Complete ART

O F

POETRY.

In Six PARTS.

I. Of the Nature, Ufe, Excellence, Rife and Progrefs of Poetry, &c.

II. Of the Ufe and Neceffity of Rules in Poetry.
III. Of the Manner, Rules, and Art of Compofing
Epigrams, Paftorals, Odes, &c.

IV. Of Tragedy and Comedy; how to draw the Plot, and form the Characters of both

V. The Rules of the Epic or Narrative Poem. Of the Poetic Diction or Language, and of English Numbers. VI. A Collection of the most beautiful Delcriptions, Similes, Allufions, &c. from Spenser, and our best English Poets, as well Ancient as Modern, with above Ten Thousand Verfes, not to be found in any Performance of this Kind. Shakespeariana; or the most beautiful Topicks, Defcriptions, and Similes that occur throughout all Shakespear's Plays.

By CHARLES GILDON, Gent.

Why is He honour'd with a Poet's Name,
Who neither knows; nor wou'd obferve a Rule?
Rofcom.

VOLUM E. I.

LONDON:

Printed for Charles Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-yard. MDCCXVIII. Price 6 s.

TO THE

Moft Excellent Majefty

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GEORG E, King of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Elector of Brunswick, Lunenburg, &c.

May it please your Majesty,

HESE Poetical Inftitutions being now to vifit the Public, I could not but think their best Security would be to appear under the aufpicious Pro

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