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IF an author's main fubject is deftitute of it may be rendered grand, innate grandeur, by comparing or fomeway afTociating it with objecls grandeur and fublimlty. 27 fuch. By the fame means objects naturally the real greatnefs of a fubjeft is increafed. SECT. II. Hence metaphor, comparifon, and imagery are often productive of (ublimity (n). Cicero raifes Ctefars idea of clemency, by reprefent- ing it as Seneca (p) gives a fub- godlike (o). lime idea of Cicero's genius, by comparing it with the majefty and extent of the Roman empire.
Eft ipfa fa. utilitatem in fe continerent, dignitatis, vel vefsepe etiam iii. ibid. D 4 The Of the 49 tajle of beauty. PART I, The fplendor of a finglc figure in hiftorypainting will but augment its faultinefs, if it takes off the eye principal, and from what ought to be the the effect obftructs fhould be produced by the whole. which In com- m the moft refined reflections, the oft pofition elaborate defcriptions, the warmeft pathos difpleafe j if main they do they retard, the the parts mould be they break the unity, not promote, much more defign, to which if if all fubordinate f Sed nunc non trat his locus The impropriety .
Of the fuperior grandeur of the latter claims an undoubted The former indeed derives adpreference. ditional force from the art of the compofition, by means of which the firft hint of an excepfrom Ctefars power occafions a fufpenfe of tion thought, a kind of anxious expectation, which, mixing with the fublime fenfation, heightens it. Subjects thus grand in themfelves mud beftow fublimity on a compofition, whenever they are defcribed in fuch a manner, as con- veys entire, or augments, the feeling, they which naturally excite.