East & West; A Monthly Magazine of Letters Volume 1

East & West; A Monthly Magazine of Letters Volume 1

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...greatness because he lacked the creative genius found in those few immortal poets whose leadership is not a matter of an age or a nation, but extends over all times and all lands. Ruskin. Ruskin was both artist and poet; he saw the world of nature with the painter's eye; he sang of it with the voice of the lyricist. All this Mr. Harrison dwells on illuminatingly; nor does he fail to point out Ruskin's chief fault--that lack of restraint, that extravagant tending towards superabundance which displayed itself in massive sentences wherein the thought, not sufficiently condensed, seemed inharmoniously controlled by the words. As a writer of wonderful prose Ruskin's glory centers around his earlier work; in the latter part of his life he turned from questions of art, to questions of ethics and to social problems--and the change in interest is reflected in his style. The value of his teachings in all these fields Mr. Harrison suggests well--in art Ruskin's influence with that of the initiator, the impulse-giver; in morality, his was the ennobling force of the upright man, rising, in spite of errors due to a thirteenth century point of view, to majestic levels of eternal truths. Arnold and Symonds. Mr. Harrison's estimates of his two greatest contemporaries in the field of English criticism are especially interesting, coming from such a source. It must be said, however, that his study of Arnold is not wholly satisfactory, though so far as it goes it is, we think, excellent criticism. The characteristic qualities of Arnold's poetry--its classical nature, --"' classical' in the serene self-command, the harmony of tone, the measured fitness, the sweet reasonableness "--is thoroughly dwelt upon; the limitations of Arnold's verse in its emotional...
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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236576535
  • 9781236576538