Joseph Addison: A Man with a vision
Joseph Addison’s work in “The Spectator,” endeavors to convey the importance of morality in conjunction with honorable literature. Based on Addison’s character that is described as “by nature reserved, calculating and prudent,”(2479) it is no surprise that within his work The Spectator, he is devoted to improving the attitude and manners of his readers. Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steel collaborated on several projects; however, the most notable among them is the Spectator, which Addison administered. The Spectator was considered throughout “Addisonian.” (2480). In Addison’s 112th edition of the Spectator titled [Sir Roger at Church] and the122nd edition [Sir Roger at the Assizes], he uses an old knight by the name of Sir Roger to illustrate the ideal of a good churchman. Addison fulfills his ambition of being considered a pleasing modern philosopher in [The Aims of the Spectator], which is the 10th edition. In the Spectator No. 62, Addison illustrates the importance of discernible writing in [Wit: True, False, Mixed]. Addison critiques an epic poem of John Milton called “Paradise Lost”, in the Spectator 267, titled [Paradise Lost: General Crit
Addison is insinuating that Milton"tms poem does not in its entirety follow the rules of epic poetry. The significance of Sir Roger at church is used to express the value of the Sabbath day Sunday and how a worthy churchman should conduct himself. "Mixed wit therefore is a composition of pun and true wit, and is more or less perfect as the resemblance lies in the ideas or in the words. Addison states in one section that " My friend Sir Roger, being a good churchman, has beautified the inside of his church with several text of his own choosing; has given handsome pulpit cloth, and railed in the communion table. He starts this passage with a Latin piece that states, "Yield place, ye Roman and ye Grecian writers, yield. Lastly, in the Spectator 519, titled On the Scale of Being Addison illustrates the indifference of humanism to animals and insects. Addison respects every inhabitant of life, the visible and invisible. Addison states, "Every part of matter is peopled," and that "Existence is a blessing" (2503). Addison adds that, "A poem should have three qualifications in it. In the Spectator, No. 62, Wit: True, False, Mixed which I am highly favored, Addison deeply explains the difference of wittiness and its principal role in the writing process.