Countries of the Mind; Essays in Literary Criticism

Countries of the Mind; Essays in Literary Criticism

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...of Mr de la Mare's collected poems is an attempt ' to turn, as all the great idealists have tried to turn, the ephemerality of earthly beauty into a proof of the existence of a beauty which endures for ever: --' The loveliest thing earth hath, a shadow hath, A dark and livelong hint of death, Haunting it ever till its last faint breath. Who then may tell The beauty of heaven's shadowless asphodel? ' But how to keep the courage of that dream--there is the question. The poet belongs to his age; it is not possible for him to elude it. The shadowless asphodel is haunted by the shadows of the earthly flowers that have died. When the delight of fancy and invention has begun to fade where shall the poet place his other kingdom? What if Arabia and Tartary and Thule and Alulvan cease to delight, and Queen Djenira dream no more? Not all the princes of Arabia, with their splendours and their music, can lull the poet's mind into forgetfulness that he seeks not only a symbol, but. a satisfaction for his longing. There comes a time when he knows that the delight of discovering a new name is not the delight of discovered peace. The urgent, incessant question begins to dominate; the pattern in the carpet to appear. The other kingdom is the kingdom of peace, the country where the soul can rest. And now the poet no more makes a triumphant deduction of immortality from mortality, of the eternal from the temporal. He declares his need, but the haven where it will be satisfied is one which no earthly ship will find: --' Where blooms the flower when her petals fade, Where sleepeth echo by earth's music made, Where all things transient to changeless win, There waits the peace thy spirit dwelleth in.' And so, by...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236913574
  • 9781236913579