Edinburgh Essays, by Members of the University; 1856

Edinburgh Essays, by Members of the University; 1856

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...mind is generated; and the very loss goads on that mind either to proud bitter contempt, or to apprehend higher sympathies, which include those denied to it directly. Even the pioneer of civilization is generally driven into the forests by some wild craving he has failed to satisfy, some deep sorrow, or some crime he has committed; it is because he is alone that he seeks the solitude of the wilderness; as his leather leggins harden on him, as his eye and ear become quicker, and the hunter-fever quickens, he becomes more unfit for ordinary life, and would rather see an Indian's scalp-lock than the smoke of a settler's fire. Still more emphatically does the like hold true in the realms of intellect and imagination. There the tendency is to rest on what has already been gained, and to enjoy that. In very few men, and only in those of poor nature, is this tendency counterbalanced by the weak love of fame simply. Guerazzi, the Florentine novelist and statesman, said, in one of his Regenerative Function of Genius. prefaces, that he had written a book because he could not fight a battle. "Most of Goethe's writings," said his friend, Chancellor von Miiller, " arose from the absolute necessity of freeing himself from some inward discord or distressing impression." "Most wretched men," said Shelley, Are cradled into poetry by wrong. All the poets may, with a little explanation, be shown to illustrate this. Even the best effort of Sir Walter Scott sprung from his craving after a ruder manlier life than that which he enjoyed; Byron's Giaours and Don Juans arose from the unslaked desire of a not very ethereal soul. It is not to be denied that this isolation has its compensating pleasures; but, apart from these, its tendency is to...show more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236594436
  • 9781236594433