Interpretations of Literature Volume 1

Interpretations of Literature Volume 1

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...Gilbert. But Gilbert, whose life has been chiefly connected with the drama, never really entered into the love of the people as did Hood. His humour has been of a much more limited kind--not a humour for households, but a humour for the theatre. Hood will be of use to you, I think, for another very special reason. The great mass of his comic work consists of clever punning, a punning most dependent upon the use of common English idioms. Now many a student, having an excellent knowledge of written English, literary English, is quite at a loss when he comes to deal with English conversational idioms. They have nothing to do with his personal experience outside of books; and they need a great deal of explanation. Well, I can think of no better and quicker way of learning familiar idioms than by reading the comic poems of Hood, --especially the comic ballads, which are in themselves a veritable museum of idioms. I make these remarks only by way of suggestion, for our time is too short to allow of analysing many examples of what I refer to. I shall, however, quote a few verses of one ballad in illustration of what I mean. Ben Battle was a soldier bold, And used to war's alarms; But a cannon-ball took off his legs, So he laid down his arms. Now as they bore him off the field-Said he, "Let others shoot! For here I leave my second leg And the F orty-Second Foot." The last line of the first stanza is of course a pun, but it is also an idiom; "to lay down one's arms" is to yield, to surrender. The last line of the second stanza gives us an example of the peculiar English nomenclature of regiments. It is more common to speak of the Foot than of the Infantry: the Forty-second Foot means the F orty-second Regiment of...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236762878
  • 9781236762870