Canadian Monthly and National Review Volume 4

Canadian Monthly and National Review Volume 4

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...considered all-important in the presentation of his subject has been dropped or negligently handled by the English, while the English poet has been prodigal in places where the Greek displayed his parsimony. On looking fuither, we discover that the modern poet, in all these differences, aims at effects, not realized by ancient art. The life and play and actual pulsation of emotion have to be revealed, both as they exist in the subject of their poems, and as the poet finds them in his own soul. Everything that will contribute to this main achievement is welcomed by the poet, and the rest rejected. All the motives which had an external statuesque significance for the Greek, must palpitate with passion for the English. Those that cannot clothe themselves with the spirit as with a garment are abandoned. He wants to make his readers feel, not see; if they see at all, they must see tlii-ou_;h their emotion; whereas the emotion of the Greek was stirred in him through sight. We do not get very far into the matter, but we gain something, perhaps, by adding that as sculpture is to painting and music, so is the poetry of Musaeus to that of Marlowe. In the former, feeling is subordinate, or, at most, but adequate to form in the latter, Ge ithl ist alles.' 'lliere can be no doubt that the modern intellect is, as Mr. Symonds above implies, too insensitive a surface for the perfect development of the faint, but exquisite, sun-pictures of these old nature artists; but there can also be no doubt that the special set which classical studies usually receive, strongly withdraws the student from the spirit of his author to mere mechanical 'properties.' For some time it has been the absurd practice at Universities, to attribute little value...
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  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 689g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236760190
  • 9781236760197