The National Portrait Gallery Volume 1

The National Portrait Gallery Volume 1

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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. Excerpt: ...which may perhaps be best defined as a readiness to receive that which is approaching. There is at such a time a general but nebulous and undefined consciousness of desire, which is easily to be traced in the writings of the time which immediately foreruns the coming of the one great artist whose function it is to unfold the new doctrine, or to create the new phase of thought, or to realise the half-understood conceptions of a thousand waiting minds. This was especially the position of English thinkers before the publication of In Memoriam, which came upon them suddenly, as a revelation of that which they themselves unconsciously wished for. It was not so much that the poet introduced any new phase of feeling, as that he crystallised thought which had hitherto been held in solution; that he made clear that which had hitherto been hazy and confused. He was happy in coming when the time was ripe for him. Great oracles have spoken in deaf ears before now, and the Holy City is not the only one whose people have stoned their prophets. It is sometimes the sorrowful, great gift of the poet to see that which no other of his day can believe in--to be too far in advance of even the vanguard of his time, for his song to be heard. Tennyson--happier than his mighty opic forefather desired to be--has found audience fit, and more than few. He has sung to the awakened heart of a whole people, and has found numberless sympathies in common with his own. It is for this that he is chiefly loved, that he has shown the very spirit of the time his form and pressure; that he has given us a translation of our nobler and higher inward life, as true as that which Thackeray and Dickens have left of our manners, or that which Hogarth presented of the outer...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236901592
  • 9781236901590