Literary Art; A Coversation Between a Painter, a Poet and a Philosopher

Literary Art; A Coversation Between a Painter, a Poet and a Philosopher

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...do not resist it, which is the point I was wishing to arrive at. If the obscurer portions of Greek philosophy came out of Egypt, were perplexed by the Alexandrians, then involved in the mystical doctrines of Christianity, made more subtle by schoolmen, mystics, and controversialists, meeting midway the Arabian stream, and finally, in Germany, having all their difficulties intensified, how can you, with these obstructions, expect to reach the modern mind? Add, moreover, the style of your compositions, which certainly have not the art of the older. PHILOSOPHER. Indirectly, as I have said, through a few who put into effect the things we teach; and may we not hope to amend the form of our presentation? PAINTER. When will you begin? for are you not, in a measure, committed by what is already made public? PHILOSOPHER. Perhaps we have made public what should rather have been a private discipline. However, we shall some day go back over our work, condensing and polishing and arranging in compact, precise form our miscellaneous excursions into the regions of speculation, hanging an ornament here and there for you and the poet. POET. "Striking the second heat," as Ben Jonson calls it. PHILOSOPHER. In no sort of composition can that well be omitted. POET. No; not even by Shakespeare; for it is of him that he says it. PHILOSOPHER. Indeed; I do not remember the place. But Ben Jonson must have known something of Shakespeare's literary habits. Was he not associated with him in theatrical business? POET. Yes; it was Shakespeare who discovered the merits of one of his first plays, and offered to act one of its characters. Think of having Shakespeare admire you and bring you out! PHILOSOPHER. But what is the remainder of the passage you quoted from?...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236622650
  • 9781236622655