Hephaisti Nos Encheiridion Peri Metr N Kai Poi Mat N; The Enkheiridion of Hehfaistiown Concerning Metres and Poems

Hephaisti Nos Encheiridion Peri Metr N Kai Poi Mat N; The Enkheiridion of Hehfaistiown Concerning Metres and Poems

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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. 1843 edition. Excerpt: .../rai fiapfiapwv; Compari-if however, the question be raised of the rc sonofAn-....., .. demand spective intrinsic merits ot these two systems, it will verse! nt e easv to determine it. It is, in fact, a matter of taste, of ear, of liking; and as in all other cases of this kind, our judgment will very much be swayed by the power of habit. This being the case, most modern readers will probably hesitate very little, ingiving the preference to that to which they have been accustomed. Yet if we aspire to form an opinion which shall be something more than a prejudice; one founded, not in our accidental tastes, but in the natureof things and of man; we shall not so easily rest satisfied in condemning the practice of such nations as the Greeks and Romans. Are not their works, those of the former especially, in all other surviving monuments, the acknowledged standards of good taste? Is it not from them that modern nations may almost be said to have derived their very conceptions of the beautiful? And though, from the fleeting nature of sound, that which is addressed to the ear is not capable of perpetuation like the solid objects of sight; and the musical and metrical performances of the ancients can therefore no longer be heard: yet as we know that they pursued these branches of the fine arts with the most ardent devotion, and most scrupulous refinement; any hasty decision, that their method was essentially bad and wrong, would surely be presumptuous. Let us consider that the aucients, though having in their languages a perfect facility of cultivating that fixed and formal sort of metrical melody which now pleases us, yet deliberately preferred that looser and freer kind which their works exhibit. Shall we really think, that had we been...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236823362
  • 9781236823366