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who are by no means to be omitted; for they are all men of high rank, and (with one exception) would form a catalogue of Royal and Noble Authors. They are King James the Sixth of Scotland; the lords Kaimes and Monboddo; Dr. Beattie ; and Lord Glenbervie : not that they challenge our notice by their rank, but by the merit of their writings. The first, by his " Reulis and Cautelis to be observit and eschewit in Scottis Poesie ;" the second, by his Elements of Criticism ; the third, by his volumes on the Origin and Pro­gress of Language ; Dr. Beattie by his Essays; and lastly, Lord Glenbervie, by the Notes on his spirited translation of the Poem of Ricciardetto.
During the present century, and especially within the last thirty years, the study of the art of versi­fication and of poetry generally has vastly in­creased, and has attracted the attention of some of the first scholars of the day. New editions of all our chief poets are produced year after year, and find increasing demand. Societies have been formed to advance the study of Chaucer, Shakspere, Shelley and the early English writers, and at length English poetry is a recognised subject of study and repetition in every course of national instruction.
A list of the chief writers upon the subject during the present century, here given, will fitly conclude this treatise.
Mitford, " Enquiry into the Principles of Harmony in Language and of the Mechanism of Verse " (1804); Okell, "Essay on the Elements, Accents, and Prosody of the English Language "( 1805); Haslewood, "Art of English Poesy"