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De Quincey says that murder singularly focuses the attention on the instinct for self-preservation, which destroys any sense of distinction between human beings and animals: the primal law of self-preservation, is the same in kind, (though different in degree,) amongst all living creatures; this instinct therefore, because it annihilates all distinctions, ...


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For Eliot, emotion refers to a relatively enduring psychological state, feeling to a relatively transient sense perception. He argues that the act of poetic creation is a catalyst that helps transform both psychological states and sense perceptions into a work of art. He says that great variety is possible in the degree to which any given artwork depicts ...


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"Areopagitica" (1644) was written to argue against the Licensing Order of the previous year, which required that works had to be pre-approved by a censor before they could be printed. Some historical background is necessary to fully understand the passage. Until 1640, the Catholic monarch Charles I had claimed to be above parliament. During his ...


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The short answer to this question is, "Yes, they can. It simply depends on how we define literature." Cuddon defines literature as follows: A vague terms which usually denotes works which belong to the major genres: epic, drama, lyric, novel, short story, ode. Further down he adds: However, there are many works which cannot be classified in the ...


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