Letters on Self-Education; With Hints on Style, and Dialogues on Political Economy

Letters on Self-Education; With Hints on Style, and Dialogues on Political Economy

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...from the pupils of a royal institution can constitute a school of fine art. Here, therefore, at this era of Alexander, 333 B.C., when every Greek patriot had reason to say of his native literature, "Venimus ad summum fortunce;" we have seen the best of our days; we must look for the Greek ideas of style, and the Greek theories of composition, in the uttermost development that either could have received. In the earlier system of Greek intellectual strength, in the era of Pericles, the powers of style would be most comprehensively exercised. In the second system, in the era of Alexander, the light of conscious recognition and direct examination would be most effectually applied. The first age furnished the power; the second furnished the science. The first brought the concrete model, the second brought the abstracting skill; and between them the whole compass of Greek speculation upon this point would be brought to a focus. Such being the state of preparation, what was the result? PART IV. "Such being the state of preparation, what was the result?" These words concluded our last essay. There had been two manifestations or bright epiphanies of the Grecian intellect, revelations in two separate forms; the first having gathered about Pericles in the year 444 B.C., the second about Alexander the Great in 333 E.c.; the first being a pure literature of creative power, the second in a great measure of reflective power; the first fitted to call out the differences of style, the second to observe, classify, and discuss them: under these circumstances of favourable preparation, what had been the result? Where style exists in strong colouring as a practice or art, we reasonably expect that style should soon follow as a theory, as a science explaining that...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681428
  • 9781236681423