The Century Volume . 5

The Century Volume . 5

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...its expression of the purest and loftiest ideals of the nineteenth Christian century. Tennyson has excelled all contemporary poets, so far as the technics of his art are concerned, in lyrical and reflective verse--in every department of poetry except the dramatic; and his failure to essay the latter possibly indicates the one faculty wherein he feels his imagination to be deficient, to wit, that upon which depends the invention of a story or a plot. Yet any school-girl novelist will now-a-days spin you a tale of endless length and tortuous intricacy out of her clever little brain. Do great poets, in fact, ever wholly invent their own plots? Did Sophocles or Euripides? Did Homer, Shakespeare, Milton, or Goethe? Dante came nearer to it, and Moliere nearest of them all. The poet's higher office is to grasp the material of fictions and traditions already existing and illuminate them with spiritual light. To the. Laureate, whose genius for dramatic invention is relatively defective, such a treasury of'ancient romance as Malory's La Morte d'Arthur was a godsend. He has availed himself of it, and the epic which was once the dream of Milton is at last a substantial, and, we believe, an enduring portion of the literature of our English tongue. The poet's allegorical bent, early noticeable in The Palace of Art and A Vision of Sin, is no less manifest in Gareth and Lynette. The personages and imagery have a two-fold significance, like those of Spenser and Sidney. Mr. Tennyson not only invests Malory's rude and fantastic legend with higher meaning, but introduces new characters and adventures to make the allegory complete. The foes whom Gareth overcomes--evil knights, who guard the approach to Castle Perilous--are...show more

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,016g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236935594
  • 9781236935595