Elements of Criticism. 4. Ed. with Additions and Improvements Volume 2

Elements of Criticism. 4. Ed. with Additions and Improvements Volume 2

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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. 1769 edition. Excerpt: ...thoughts and figures are never relilhcd till the mind be heated and thoroughly engaged, which is not the reader's case at the commencement. Homer introduces not a single si '_' Poet. lib. 2. 1. go. history of his own times with a period long and intricate. A. third rule or Observation is, That where the subject is intended for entertainment solely, not X 4 for for instruction, a thing 'ought to be described as it appears, not as it is in reality. in running, for example, the impulse upon lthmground is proportioned 'in some degree to the celerity of mo This example is copied by the author of Telemachus: Fourthly, In narration as well as in description, objects ought to bee-painted so accurately as to form in the mind of the reader distinct and lively images. Every useless circumstance ought indeed to be suppressed, because every such circumstance loads the narration; but if a, circumstance be necessary, however flight, it cannot be described too minutely. The force of language consists in raising complete images; which have the effect to transport the reader as by magic into the very place of the important action, and to convert him as it were into a spectator, beholding every thing that passes. The 'narrative in an epic poem ought to rival a picture in the liveliness and accuracy of its representations: no circumstance must be omitted that tends to make a complete image; because an imperfect image, as well as any other imperfect conception, is cold and uninteresting. I shall illustrate this rule by several examples, giving the first place to a beautiful pasiizge from Virgil: The poplar, pl-owman, and unfledged swallows, though not essential in the description, are circumstances that tend to make a complete image, and upon that account are an...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236555538
  • 9781236555533