The North British Review Volume 41

The North British Review Volume 41

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...and enjoyed by a hasty glance in any mood of the reader, like a sensation novel. He could never have countenanced the idea that the highest reach of the intellect cannot find appropriate exercise in poetry. His simplicity could never have been childishness. His authority, therefore, teaches us that to be simple is not inconsistent with depth or power, that to be profound it is not necessary to be obscure, that to speak darkly is no proof that we have thought clearly. This teaching is confirmed by his own example, and by the example of all our greatest poets, and so far as any of them have at any time forgotten it, so far have they fallen short of the full perfection of poetry. Mr. Tennyson, as we have already said, confirms it strongly. All his later poems, all his best poems of any date, are at once simple in their themes and clear in expression. And yet there has seldom been a poet more certain to remain all unknown to the careless reader, more certain to reward fully those who diligently study him. From a hasty perusal, a commonplace pleasure may doubtless be derived; but not in this fashion can the loftiness of his sentiment be reached, and the beauty of his details realized. Those only who have some heart to feel, some imagination to be roused, and who do not shrink from exercising their faculties when they read, will come to understand the artistic perfection, to know and value the pure and exalted spirit of his poetry. We are often told that the present is not a poetical age. If by this is meant that the present age is not suited to the pro"duction of good poetry, it may be true. That, as matter of fact, very little good poetry is produced, no one will dispute. There voL. XLI.--N0. LXXXI. R is no want of writers who try, but a...
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236892224
  • 9781236892225