Contemporary Review Volume 6

Contemporary Review Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...nature" is modern rather than Celtic. I fancy I can trace it in Italians who owed little, in Germans who owed nothing, to Celtic literature. It is what makes the great difficulty of translating the classics: we are continually slip ping into it--putting our way of looking at things instead of the classical way; unconsciously foisting on Antigone, for instance, in one of her passionate choral waitings, thoughts which never could have crossed her mind. "Semitism" may have more to do with this radical difference than Mr. Arnold thinks; climate no doubt has something to do with it. There is a haze, literally and in a figure, between us and nature which there was not for the men of old. But the glamour which is bom of this haze is surely laid on other eyes besides those of the Celts. But I should not have thus freely taken exception to all theso small points were I not able most fully to agree with the main purpose of the Essay, and (as I said) to heartily thank the writer for having done an act of justice to the Celtic race and roused the thinking men of England to ask themselves whether it is not a disgrace that at this age of the world wo should still have to talk of founding our Celtic chair--that Prince Albert should have insisted on the publication of the old Irish records (of which the first volume, part of the Brohon law, has appeared, and the rest seems to be waiting till O'Curry's successor comes to the front), not because anybody in England cared for such things, but because learned Germans had become troublesome in their inquiries about the said records. The picture which Mr. Arnold draws of Sir B. Peel, in 1849, wanting to buy for the nation the Irish portion of the Stowe MSS., while Lord Macaulay said there were none of...show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 463g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236500792
  • 9781236500793