The Poems of John Donne Edited from the Old Editions and Numerous Manuscripts Volume 2

The Poems of John Donne Edited from the Old Editions and Numerous Manuscripts Volume 2

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...correct, being a. bold metaphor from hawking, and having the force practically of ' threatening'. The hawk towers threateningly above its prey before it 'sousing kills with a grace'. If 'towring' is not right, 'lowring ' is the most probable emendation. PAGE 102, l. 43. That flam'd with oylie sweat ofjealousie. This is the reading of all the MSS., and as on the whole their text is superior I have followed it. If 'oylie' is, as I think, the right epithet, it means 'moist', as in 'an oily palm', with perhaps a reference to the inflammability of oil. If ' ouglie ' (i.e. ugly) be preferredit is a forcible transferred epithet. l. 49. most respectsi This is the reading of all the MSS., and ' best' in 1669 is probably an emendation. The use of 'most' as an adjective, superlative of ' great', is not uncommon: God's wrong is most of all. Shakespeare, Rick. 111, IV. iv. 377. Though in this place most master wear no breeches. Ibid., 2 Hen. V1, 1. iii. 144. 1. 54. I can make no exact sense of this line either as it stands in 1669 or in the MSS. One is tempted to combine the versions and read: Yea thy pale colours, and thy panting heart, the 'secrets of our Art' being all the signs by which they communicated to one another their mutual affection. But it is necessary to explain the presence of 'inwards' or 'inward ' in both the versions. PAGE 103, l. 79. He Summer how it ripened in the eare; This fine passage has been rather spoiled in all editions hitherto by printing in this line 'yeare' for 'care', even in modernized texts. The MSS. and the sense...show more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236881478
  • 9781236881472