The recommendation of Sir Joshua Reynolds, that every opportunity should be taken to discountenance the false and vulgar opinion, that rules are the fetters of genius, ought never to be lost sight of by those who treat of the arts of design. Such an idea is scarcely less prevalent in our own day than it was when our great English painter wrote, notwithstanding the practical refutation it receives in the obedience yielded by genius to the rules of rhythmical measure, even in the highest flights of poetic inspiration, or in the delicate creations of the musical composer, in subjection to the strictly defined laws of harmony. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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