The English Poets Lessing; Rousseau

The English Poets Lessing; Rousseau

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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: ... these--"Straight coucAes close; then, rising, cAanges oft His coucAant wateA, as one who cAose his ground;" still more by such a juxtaposition as " matchless chief." The truth is, that Milton was a harmonist rather than a melodist. There are, no doubt, some exquisite melodies (like "Sabrina Fair") among his earlier poems, as could hardly fail to be the case in an age which produced or trained the authors of our best English glees, as ravishing in their instinctive felicity as the songs of our dramatists, but he also showed from the first that larger style which was to be his peculiar distinction. The strain heard in the "Nativity Ode," in the "Solemn Music," and in " Lycidas," is of a higher mood, as regards metrical construction, than anything that had thrilled the English ear before, giving no uncertain augury of him who was to show what sonorous metal lay silent till he touched the keys in the epical organ-pipes of our various language, that have never since felt the strain of such prevailing breath. It was in the larger movements of metre that Milton was great and original. I have spoken elsewhere of Spenser's fondness for dilatation as respects thoughts and images. In Milton it extends to the language also, and often to the Mr. Masson goes so far as to JOnceive it possible that Milton may have committed the vulgarism of leaving a t out of. lep'st, "for ease of sound." Yet the poet could bear boast'st and--one stares and gasps at it--doat'dst. There is, by the way, a familiar passage in which the ch sound predominates, not without a touch of sh, in a single couplet: --"Can any mortal mixture of earth's mould Breathe such divine encAanting raviaAment?" more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236549775
  • 9781236549778