Letters, Conversations and Recollections Volume 2

Letters, Conversations and Recollections Volume 2

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...of your arrival, and I hope that Mrs..... will not be too much tired for me to show her some of our best views and walks; and perhaps the nightingales may commence_their ditties on or by that day, for I have daily expected them. Need I say what thoughts rush into my mind when I read a letter from you, or think of your love towards me. God bless you, my dear, dear friend, The following observations preface a chronolo gical and historic assistant to a course of lectures, delivered in 1818. " The history of philosophy commences with the birth of Thales. Of the three different dates given by three several chronologists--namely, 640, 629, and 594th year before Christ--I have chosen the second, not only as a mean, but as best agreeing with his manhood being contemporary with Solon's, and with the recorded fact of 'his having foretold an eclipse of the sun in the fourth year of the 45th Olympiad, or 597 B.C.: thus making an interval of 322 years between the birth of Thales and the era in which Hesiod and Homer are generally supposed to have flourished; that is, about the year B.C. 907. In the great poems of this era we find a language already formed, beyond all example adapted to social intercourse, to description, narration, and the expression of the passions. It possesses pre-eminently the perfections which our Milton demands of the language of poetry. It is simple, sensuous, and impassioned. And, if in the word ' sensuous ' we include, as Milton doubtless intended that we should, the gratification of the sense of hearing as well as that of sight, sweetness as well as beauty, these few pregnant words will be found a full and discriminative character of the Greek lan guage, as it appears in the Iliad and "Odyssey;...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768809
  • 9781236768803