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We have already observed that the effential, and indeed the true characteristic of epiftolary writing is ease; and on this account, as well as others, the following letter from Mr Pope to Miss Blount is to be admired. i
CHA P. XIII.
Of Descriptive POETRY.
nothing in nature but what may be described. As poems of this kind, however, are intended more to delight, than inftruat, great care should be taken to make them agreeable. The error which young people are most likely to run into is that of dwelling too long on minute circumftances ; which not only renders the piece tedious, and triffing, but deprives the reader of the pleasure he would have in making little discoveries of his own; for in descriptions that are intended as ornamental, the poet should never