The Canada Book of Prose and Verse, Vol. 4 (Classic Reprint)

The Canada Book of Prose and Verse, Vol. 4 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Canada Book of Prose and Verse, Vol. 4 History and literature are alike concerned with the doings of mankind. Since history is the record Of man's past, set down in order as it happened, you might think that, as a form of writing, history had preceded poetry and imaginative literature in general. Primitive man, however, was more interested in experience than in preserving an accurate record of things after they had happened. Whatever impressed him he recorded in speech which was Often strongly rhythmical, partly because of the feeling by which it was inspired and partly because metre, when there are no written books, is an excellent aid to the memory. Even in recording events as they were supposed to have happened, early writers saw no harm in adding and subtracting, in heightening the bright lights, or deepening the Shadows, to make a story better. Early history is in consequence so mixed with myth and legend that it is difficult to separate them. It is the poet, not the historian, who in early days records the deeds of his ancestors, and tries to glorify them. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical more

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  • Paperback | 584 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 30mm | 771g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243310854
  • 9780243310852