The National Quarterly Review Volume 11

The National Quarterly Review Volume 11

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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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...admired in all countries and in all ages. Those who agree in nothing else are unanimous in regarding him as the Prince of poets, and accordingly his works are received as models in the highest educational institutions of all countries. As the cause of truth as well as education requires that taste should be considered not as a thing capable of changing with the moon, but as the result of unalterable laws---a principle as unchangeable as truth itself---we may rernarlg in passing that there is similar unanimity in regard to Demosthenes as an orator, Thucydides as an historian, and Longinus as a critic. " Nor is this universality of appreciation confined to poetry, history, and oratory; it applies with equal force to the fine arts, including architecture. Thus, however much the Italians, the French, the English, and the Germans have difi'ered during the last thousand years on what constitutes beauty in art or architecture, all are d'accord in regarding the specimens left us by the artists of Greece--sadly mutilated as they are in most cases, and tarnished by the dust of more than a score of centuries--as models worthy the imitation of all. It need hardly be said that, when all agree as to the merits of a particular work, it will be much easier to determine whether any attempted imitation of it is successful or not than if it were one of the opposite character, such, for example, as that of Hesiod, which is generally considered to possess quite as many defects as beauties. _ The first line of his lordship's version may well warn the student of Homer that he has not much to expect in that quarter, for it is nothing more nor less than an indifferent specimen of inverted prose; at the same time it is word for word the same as...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236924509
  • 9781236924506