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Of particular importance was the connection of sublimity and Christian feeling. Both Miltonic and Hebrew poetry typified the sublime, and since their sublimity expressed man's worship of nature and its Creator, God himself came to be seen as its ultimate source. 3 The 'primitivist' scholars located the origin of poetry in an act of pagan nature-worship, sometimes envisaged as a communal rite but more often as a spontaneous expression of joy and wonder at natural phenomena. 4 The crucial jump here is that which sees poetry as a privileged communication of transcendental experience; not as a literary imitation ofthe truths of revealed religion (Johnson's conservative view of Paradise Lost) but as itself the agent ofrevelation.

6 Johnson's outlook, in fact, was that of an emergent Tory nationalism, resolutely opposing the authoritarianism of Academies just as it opposed French absolutism and 'popery'. This resentment of absolutism is very strikingly found in his attitude to the literary tradition. Johnson was full of scorn for those who unnecessarily increased the 'burden of the past', seeing them as part of a 'general conspiracy of human nature against contemporary merit'. 7 His brisk reminder that 'reason wants not Horace to support it' has already been cited; and at the core of his opposition to most forms of literary antiquarianism and ancestor-worship there is his awareness of the tremendous power conferred by the 'sanction of antiquity': The faults of a writer of acknowledged excellence are more dangerous, because the influence of his example is more extensive; and the interest of learning requires that they should be discovered and stigmatized, before they have the sanction of antiquity conferred upon them, and become precedents of indisputable authority.

These rules, which together make up the framework of reason and nature, are variously derived from the separate disciplines of ethics, theology, psychology, literary criticism and so on. Johnson makes no attempt to overthrow the boundaries between the disciplines or to arrive at a single, transcendent synthesis of 'the poet', nor does he match his poets against a totalised 'society'; the realisation of global 36 Authors and Authority abstractions like these was to be the critical achievement of Wordsworth.

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