Literary Friendships in the Age of Wordsworth

Literary Friendships in the Age of Wordsworth : An Anthology (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Literary Friendships in the Age of Wordsworth: An Anthology Isolatio N, in the arts at least, is by no means as splendid as the popular phrase would have it. In all the great creative epochs there have been groups of men eagerly discussing the problems Of life and art, exploring new ideas and new realms Of technique, and generously sharing their results with one another. Athens, in the fifth century before Christ, and Florence, in the fifteenth century Of our era, could never have achieved their pre-eminence in the history Of Europe without the constant intercourse Of the men who made them great; nor can anyone doubt that Shakespeare, no less than his opponent, profited by those wit-combats betwixt him and Ben Jonson at the Mermaid Tavern. Even Milton, who seems to stand alone more than any other figure in English literature, was in close contact with the greatest men and the greatest deeds Of his age. The truth is that great men are stimulants to one another, and lead on lesser men to achieve ments which would have been impossible for them without these high examples and high incentives. Incomplete and thwarted achievement is the penalty Of isolation. Almost all the poets who are generally spoken Of as the precursors of the Romantic Revival paid the penalty of isolation. Madness claimed Smart, Collins and Cowper; Gray never spoke out; Chatterton. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 422g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 2 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243033109
  • 9780243033102

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