Original Familiar Correspondence Between Residents in India; Including Sketches of Java

Original Familiar Correspondence Between Residents in India; Including Sketches of Java

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...without imputing want of beauty to him, or want of taste to you. Even honey, you know, can cloy--and I agree with you that he is rather to be tasted than devoured--for his similarity of beauty frequently fatigues; or, to have kept up the metaphor, palls upon the appetite. But that, on the whole, you like him, I was sure of before you said it--you could not help doing it, for " the gods made you poetical." I did not mean to exceed a sheet, but to answer a question of yours will, I am afraid, lead me into a second. Again let me beg you to forgive me for drawing so abundantly on your patience. You ask me what I think of blank verse--that is, of Johnson's opinion of it. It is certainly a prejudice, carried to the length he carries it, but I have more respect for it than any other of his prejudices. I partake very much in his veneration for the good, old, honest custom of rhyming; this I consider as the legitimate currency of the English Parnassus; but, at the same time, I have no objec tion to the other. True poetry is independent of all forms--it exists equally in rhyme or blank verse, or even in measured prose; but had I my choice of dress, I would stipulate for the " sweet recurrence of the frequent rhyme." I do not think that the "language suffers distortion to keep it out of prose," when a real poet uses it; but in common hands this observation is certainly true. How many turgid, inflated, bombastic thoughts, termed blank verse, do we not every day see?--Philips's " Splendid Shilling" is the just satire on these. But when a real poet writes in it, this, like every other form, obeys him--thoughts must always master words, and the vigour of ideas bears along our admiration, no...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755006
  • 9781236755001