Michel de Montaigne a Biographical Study

Michel de Montaigne a Biographical Study

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... having its free and ill-regulated turns," pleased him as it was. But he is at the same 10 time conscious that his lack of order and method, though he cannot amend it, lands him sometimes in obscurity. " Mais je sens bien que par fois je m'y laisse trop aller, et qu'a force de vouloir eviter 1'art et 1'affectation, j'y retumbe d'un autre part: 15 Brevis esse laboro Obscurus jjo" So far son of the renascence, that he must needs have his ancient model, he declares " encore que les coupures et cadences de Saluste reviennent plus a 20 mon humeur, si est-ce que je treuve Caesar et plus admirable et moins ayse a imiter." To us, it is of more interest to note his other aim--that of following, so far as he could, " a simple and popular manner of speech." For the committal to paper of all the wealth 25 of the spoken tongue, with its everyday metaphors and its proverbial turns, is an ingredient--one of the few analyzable ingredients--in the supreme literary merit of the Essays. Turning to gold, with his singularly pictorial imagination, that spoken lan-3 guage- Montaigne derives his imagery from daily life, draws his vocabulary from current usage. He employs terms of falconry, not by a deliberate search for sources, such as that carried on by Henri Estienne, but because he was a sportsman; if his speech is coloured by the Latin, it is not from pedantry, but because the Latin was his nursery tongue. So that the Latinisms--as again the Gasconisms that betray 5 his origin, --are assimilated into the substance of his writing rather than appended as foreign elements. The richness and nervous force of language in the Essays may well be held to compensate for the lack, as yet, of literary measure and restraint. For this 10 " parler informe et sans regle, ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236657586
  • 9781236657589