Coleridge's Essays & Lectures on Shakespeare & Some Other Old Poets & Dramatists

Coleridge's Essays & Lectures on Shakespeare & Some Other Old Poets & Dramatists

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...is the character of Massinger's playsThat the juxta-position and the tying together by a common thread, which goes round this and round that, and then round them all, twine and intertwine, are contrived ingeniously--that the component tales are well chosen, and the whole well and conspicuously told; so as to excite and sustain the mind by kindling and keeping alive the curiosity of the reader--that the language is most pure, equally free from bookishness and from vulgarism, from the peculiarities of the School, and the transiencies of fashion, whether fine or coarse; that the rhythm and metre are incomparably good, and form the very model of dramatic versification, flexible and seeming to rise out of the passions, so that whenever a line sounds immetrical, the speaker may be certain he has recited it amiss, either that he has misplaced or misproportioned the emphasis, or neglected the acceleration or retardation of the voice in the pauses (all which the mood or passion would have produced in the real Agent, and therefore demand from the Actor or ', i', 'f, ', "',,"') and that read aright the blank verse is not less smooth than varied, a rich harmony, puzzling the fingers, but satisfying the ear--these are Massinger's characteristic merits. 1The notes on Massinger which follow were transcribed from a copy of that dramatist's works, belonging to Mr. Gillinnn. I do not know whence the first was taken by the original editor. Among the varieties of blank verse Massinger is fond of the anapaest in the first and third foot, as: " To your more I than ma scfiline rea son that commands 'em H--" 1 The Guardian, Act i. sc. 2. Likewise of the second Paaon...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236774434
  • 9781236774439