Lives of Sacred Poets Volume 2

Lives of Sacred Poets Volume 2

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ... path. In all his works the same sublime and tremendous feeling predominates; it is the link that attaches all his thoughts and images. In his Contemplations, his Tragedies, his prose Essays, even in his Satires, Death is never far distant; sometimes visible, sometimes behind a cloud. Like Donne, he looks upon churchyards as "the holy suburbs" to which the City of Everlasting Rest stretches out its utmost gates. Amidst the wreck of everything lovely and precious, he points to one Rock against which the storm cannot prevail; and along the troubled waters of life, he is always, to employ his own beautiful metaphor, steering to the crystal Ports of Light. To the youthful and inexperienced reader he will appear a melancholy writer; for who is willing to be roused from pleasure, though it be in a dream? But every step we take in the path of life, and the more familiar we grow with its sorrows, the voice of his poetry will speak to our hearts with a more endearing "Nizht the Thirl persuasion, and affecting tenderness. He hews down, indeed, many clusters of tempting fruit, beautiful to behold, but only ashes upon the lip; and he waves the sword, not before a garden of innocence, but of misery and death. The reader may be pleased to read the opinion--temperately and elegantly expressed--of a distinguished living poet, upon the genius of Young. "He has been well described in a late poem, as one in whom--Still gleams and still expires the cloudy day Of genuine poetry. The above remarks have been made with no desire to depreciate what is genuine in his beauties. The reader most sensitive to his faults must have felt, that there is in him a spark of originality which is never long extinguished, however far it may be from vivifying the...
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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501195
  • 9781236501196