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Lives of the Poets (Addison, Savage, Swift) Paperback – February 15, 2008
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Perhaps more than any other writer Johnson is conscious of the passing of time, of the futility of human effort in the face of the eternal, of the vanity of human wishes. `Nothing is more evident than that the decays of age must terminate in death,' he writes in The Idler in 1759: 'The life which made my own life pleasant is at an end, and the gates of death are shut upon my prospects.' All that a mere human can do in the face of such vast emptiness is to hope and pray, and commemorate the passing of those who have gone before.Read more ›