On Romantic writing

This position of a Romanticist, which I had so naturally risen to, has till now done me little good. In fact, I think, it might even have done me harm. The academics, it appears, give no advantage to styles of writing, but only to content and conciseness. Could one write in a tiresomely mechanical manner, but yet include every piece of information that ought to be included, he might likely be graded higher than his coeval, who too included all the information ought to be, but who by his insuppressible nature, expressed the information in a more lavish manner. Then again, I might be wrong. For I don’t think I have ever written an essay in which was contained all the essential elements.

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