Papers Volume 12

Papers Volume 12

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...of human life--youth, manhood, and age--what shall we say, but that it is impossible to lay down hard and fast rules. It is sometimes asserted that a man's best work is done early in life, but there are many instances to the contrary. Cowper, I believe, was unaware of his poetical gifts till he was led to exercise them as an alleviation of his affliction; and neither George Eliot nor Mrs. Gaskell seems to have discovered, till well on in life, her genuine vocation. And to take greater names, we have Dante in his long exile and Milton in his blind old age writing their immortal poems; Vondel, publishing at the age of 67, his epic of "Lucifer," which placed its author at the head of the poets of Holland, and perhaps influenced Milton; and Goethe devoting himself, at the age of 80, to the second part of his "Faust." Perhaps, if the passionate lyric be especially suited to the period of youth, and the drama to mature life, the epic in its monumental grandeur may fitly occupy a poet's closing years. We have, in two venerable poets of our own country, living examples to show that the decline of life is not necessarily associated with decline of the intellectual and imaginative powers. The authors of " Rizpah " and " Dramatic Idyls " have still little to fear from comparison with any of their youthful compeers, and both, perchance, have found the truth of the words which one of them has put into the mouth of his " Rabbi Ben Ezra: "--Youth ended, I shall try My gain or loss thereby: Leave the fire ashes, what survives is gold: And I shall weigh the same, Give life its praise or blame: Young, all lay in dispute; I shall know, being old. Sometimes the approach of death seems to...
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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236939425
  • 9781236939425