Emotional Qualities of Style

Emotional Qualities of Style

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...out the strength of love, and to carry home the impression. The other arts have become apparent in the course of the review. The painful phase of the love passion has already received prominence in the illustrations. from the ancient poets. It will be suflicient now to make a brief allusion to Pope's ' Epistle of Eloisa to Abelard '. Pope had the advantage of starting from Eloisa's own letters, which kept him in the right track in his delineation. He superinduced upon this his own poetic treatment, according to his judgment of effect. Eloisa having embraced the conventual vows, is yet unable to suppress her passion for Abelard; and the struggle of the two motives, tearing her heart to pieces, is the prevailing idea of the poet's handling. He takes care to picture the gloomy interior of the convent as a reflex of her feelings; and follows-with an expression of her furious attachment Porrfs ELOISA. 155 to the beloved one; making her reflect, as she goes on, upon the dismal incongruity between her feelings and her present duties. She appeals to Abelard still to write to her, and let her share his griefs. She can think of nothing but his image, while she goes mechanically through her religious devotions. But this is a fight too dreadful to be borne. Her spirit again re-asserts the fulfilment of her vows. She bursts out--_ No, fly me, fly mel far as pole from pole. She falls back upon virtue and immortality as her single aim; prepares her mind for an early consignment to the tomb. Even then she invokes the presence of Abelard, to perform the last offices and see her departure; and prays that one grave may unite them, as a memento to lovers in after ages. The tragedy of the whole situation dispenses with many of...show more

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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 245g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236985036
  • 9781236985033