The Aesthetic and Miscellaneous Works of Friedrich Von Schlegel

The Aesthetic and Miscellaneous Works of Friedrich Von Schlegel

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ... Odin, falls a victim to inevitable death. Odin, the progenitor of heroes, the creator of light and of all things divine, is subdued in his last battle against the invading powers of darkness; the ancient seers have warned him of his doom, and in order that he may have more warriors around him on that fatal day of combat, the result of which he foresees though unable to avert, he sends Death to summon the noblest mortal heroes and assemble them in the Halls of Valhalla. Yet the tragic influence of this northern mythology, though deep and intense, is calmer and more gentle in its operation; everything that love can inspire, of tender and beautiful, every glorious image that nature and the spring can supply, is interwoven with the tragedy, tempering its mournfulness, while at the same time the true, valiant spirit of old heroic times gives life and animation to the narrative. Still, 'in spite of all that Suhm, Sandtwig, Thorkelin, and Nyerup have done towards elucidating Northern antiquities, the Edda remains a theme for study rather than a source of immediate enjoyment. It requires to be interpreted by a poet, who combines clear and profound intellect with great powers of imagination, --who is capable of unravelling the mys-. terious traditions and songs of the Edda, and transfusing them into poems which may speak intelligibly both to the outward senses, and to the deeper feelings of the soul. Fame reports that Denmark possesses even now such a poet and scald, inspired by the very spirit of Odin; and See Mallet' Northern Antiquities, Bohn's Standard Library, p. 117. certainly during the latter half of the eighteenth century, when the gifts of poetry had departed from all the other nations of Europe, no more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856007
  • 9781236856005