Living Age Volume 210

Living Age Volume 210

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...that imaginative associations can lend-their exquisite linking of classic fancy with native thought and feeling, their pathetic retrospects, and the chastened sadness of their reflections on the changes wrought by years of absence and the hand of death. You look in vain in "Lycidas" for any trace of that feeling which in "Thyrsis" blends the sentiment of the place with the lives and friendships of those who came thither in their Height of strength and jocund youthful time. A single line like the following: --And that sweet city with her dreaming spires, tells you more about Oxford than Milton's pastoral imagery does about Cambridge, these lines included, in which the poet is alluding to the river Cam: --Next Camus, reverent sire, went footing slow, His mantle hairy, and his bonnet sedge, Inwrought with figures dim, and on the edge Like to that sanguine flower inscribed with woe. "Adonais" was written at Pisa, when-the news came from Rome of the premature death of Keats, and the atmosphere which pervades the poem is that of Italy. The three stanzas de scrlblng the birth of spring, and the beauty and the joy with which all things animate and inanimate are clothed, recall the passage in the preface to the "Prometheus Unbound" in which Shelley ascribes the inspiration of that drama to "the bright blue sky of Rome and the effect of the vigorous awakening of spring in that divinest climate." iVith what a fitness, then, does the description of the place of his burial amongst the ancient ruins, clothed with all the beauty of spring flowers, harmonize with our thoughts of him as one whose melodies had adorned and hidden the coming bulk of death. Go thou to Rome, --at once the Paradisc, The...
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  • Paperback | 522 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 921g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236910745
  • 9781236910745