Essays in Criticism

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Ticknor and Fields, 1866 - 506 pages

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Page 299 - The life which others pay, let us bestow, And give to fame, what we to nature owe " — is excellent, and is just suited to Pope's heroic couplet; but neither the antithesis itself, nor the couplet which conveys it, is suited to the feeling or to the movement of the Homeric
Page 75 - voice .... heard In spring-time from the cuckoo-bird, Breaking the silence of the seas Among the farthest Hebrides "; it is Keats, with his " moving waters at their priestlike task Of cold ablution round Earth's human shores "; it is Chateaubriand, with his " cime indeterminee des forets "; it is Senancour, with his mountain birch-tree: "Cette ecorce blanche, lisse et crevassee ; cette tige agreste; ces
Page 414 - in company. For instance, let us take the opening of the narrative in Wordsworth's Michael: " Upon the forest-side in Grasmere Vale There dwelt a shepherd, Michael was his name; An old man, stout of heart, and strong of limb. His bodily frame had been from youth to age Of an unusual strength;
Page 5 - epochs^ in literature are so rare; this is why there is so much that is unsatisfactory in the productions of many men of real genius; because for the creation of a master-work of literature two powers must concur, (the power of the man and the power of the
Page 14 - to it; the general opinions and feelings will draw that way. Every fear, every hope, will forward it; and then they who persist in opposing this mighty current in human affairs will appear rather to resist the decrees of Providence itself,
Page 379 - words, every one may be excellent in some other place. Take eld, for instance: when Shakespeare, reproaching man with the dependence in which his youth is passed, says: " all thy blessed youth Becomes as aged, and doth beg the alms Of palsied eld," . . . it seems to me that eld comes in excellently there, in a passage of curious meditation ; but when Mr. Newman renders
Page 22 - in the more delicate spiritual perceptions, is shown by the natural growth amongst us of such hideous names, — Higginbottom, Stiggins, Bugg ! In Ionia and Attica they were luckier in this respect than " the best race in the world"; by the Ilissus there was no Wragg, poor thing! And "our unrivalled happiness,
Page 17 - have said, simply to know the .best that is known and | - • ' thought in the world, and, by in its turn making this known, to create a current of true and fresh ideas. Its business is to do this with inflexible honesty, with due ability; but its business is to do no more, and to leave alone all questions of practical consequences and
Page xviii - Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty obliges us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial."—BURKE.
Page 352 - s here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed" ; — or in this:

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