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Fitzpatrick : [metaphysical] poem

Uvedale Price to Mary Berry,18 December 1813, discussing the importance of association and the physical senses in aesthetics: 'Fitzpatrick, in that exquisite poem I once read to you, has settled the matter most judiciously, and one might almost think he had these metaphysicians [i.e. eighteenth-century aestheticians Richard Payne Knight, Dugald Stewart and Archibald Alison] in view when he makes the Soul say to the Body, '"Yet trust me, I'm willing to waive all dispute; For though certain grave doctors, by few understood, Think they flatter me much when they call you a brute, Those who wish to divide us can mean us no good."'

Century: 1700-1799 / 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Uvedale Price      


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