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A Defence of Poetry

According to one mode of regarding those two classes of mental action, which are called reason an...

On the Symposium, or Preface to the Banquet of Plato

A FRAGMENT The dialogue entitled The Banquet was selected by the translator as the most beautifu...

Essay on the Literature, the Arts, and the Manners of the Athenians

A FRAGMENT The period which intervened between the birth of Pericles and the death of Aristotle,...

Speculations on Morals

I.—PLAN OF A TREATISE ON MORALS That great science which regards nature and the operations of th...

Speculations on Metaphysics

I—THE MIND It is an axiom in mental philosophy, that we can think of nothing which we have not p...

On the Punishment of Death

A FRAGMENT The first law which it becomes a Reformer to propose and support, at the approach of ...

On a Future State

It has been the persuasion of an immense majority of human beings in all ages and nations that we...

On Life

Life and the world, or whatever we call that which we are and feel, is an astonishing thing. The ...

On Love

What is love? Ask him who lives, what is life? ask him who adores, what is God? I know not the i...

VI. Spelling

The spelling of English words is not fixed and invariable, nor does it depend on any other author...

V. Words and Expressions Commonly Misused

(Some of the forms here listed, as like I did, are downright bad English; others, as the split in...

III. Elementary Principles of Composition

8. Make the paragraph the unit of composition: one paragraph to each topic. If the subject on wh...

II. Elementary Rules of Usage

1. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's. Follow this rule whatever the final conso...

IV. A Few Matters of Form

Headings. Leave a blank line, or its equivalent in space, after the title or heading of a manuscr...

I. Introductory

This book aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. It aims ...

THE THICK SKULL OF THE FORTUNATE

I Once a number of Icelandic peasantry found a very thick skull in the cemetery where the poet E...

ENCHANTED WOODS

I Last summer, whenever I had finished my day's work, I used to go wandering in certain roomy wo...

HAPPY AND UNHAPPY THEOLOGIANS

I A mayo woman once said to me, "I knew a servant girl who hung herself for the love of God. She...

"DUST HATH CLOSED HELEN'S EYE"

I I have been lately to a little group of houses, not many enough to be called a village, in the...

THIS BOOK

I I have desired, like every artist, to create a little world out of the beautiful, pleasant, an...