The Critic; An Illustrated Monthly Review of Literature, Art, and Life Volume 9-10

The Critic; An Illustrated Monthly Review of Literature, Art, and Life Volume 9-10

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ... the infinite wisdom which imposed the conditions upon which every man accepts his life justifies itself in the marvellous adaptation of the material means to the spiritual ends; and that it is only as we accept resolutely and fearlessly the order of which we are part that we see clearly the 'far off. divine event to which the whole creation moves.' To Tennyson the path of highest development is to be found in submission and obedience; to Browning the same end is to be sought by that sublime enthusiasm which bears the soul beyond the discipline that is shaping it to a unity and fellowship with the divine will behind it. We are to suffer and bear, to submit and endure, not passively with gentle patience and trust, but actively, with cooperative energy of will and joy of insight into the far-off end. 'Life is so much more than its conditions and accidents that, like the fruitful Nile, it overflows and fertilizes them all. It is this intense vitality which holds Browning in such real and wholesome relations with the whole movement of nature and life; which makes it impossible to discard anything which God has made. If further proof of his possession of genius were needed, it would be furnished by this supreme characteristic of his nature; he is so intensely alive. Few men have the strength to live in more than two or three directions. They are alive to philosophy and what they regard as religion, and dead to science, to art, to the great movements of human society; or they are alive to science, to art, and dead to philosophy and religion. Genius is intensity of life; an overflowing vitality which floods and fertilizes a continent or a hemisphere of being; which makes a nature many-sided and whole, while most men remain partial and fragmentary. This...show more

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  • Paperback | 1026 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 51mm | 1,792g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236541987
  • 9781236541987