The Living Age Volume 309

The Living Age Volume 309

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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. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...sentiment, a turning away from the world, and reality, and action; it voiced the need for productive repose, for contemplating things in their unclouded, undistorted aspect, for experience of what is permanent, for values which do not wither in a day, for those universal ties which bind together nations and continents. Rising above the petty, domestic discord of little Europe, Goethe heard the harmonies of ancient and enduring culture expressed through the cosmos of world literature. Modern Europe even before its recent disaster, was making tentative essays in this path. Already before the war, a growing interest was obvious in Chinese lyric poetry--an interest which had passed the stage of mere curiosity regarding foreign forms of self-expression. Today our intellectual urge toward the East is less literary than in Goethe's time, but it is more largely ethical and cultural. Humanity is far more profoundly shaken than it was a century ago, and the hope for new spiritual life from the East is incomparably more general. Our knowledge of Asiatic thought has now extended beyond the field of literature, but still letters remain the most convenient bridge to it. Rabindranath Tagore has succeeded Lafcadio Hearn, whose books upon Japan were widening the vision of many Europeans only a decade or so ago. Leaving aside the question of how completely and aecurately these writers portray the spirit of the two nations they describe, and allowing for their own European prepossessions, there still remains enough of the characteristic gentleness and tenderness of the East to sooth our nerves. Furthermore, Asia has for many years now played a role of increasing importance in the fine arts. Toward the end of the last century, Japan attained a...show more

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  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 735g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123679608X
  • 9781236796080