The Poems of Ossian, 1

The Poems of Ossian, 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1807 edition. Excerpt: ... soul should not darken with fear. Fuggird da un guerrier? Foss' ei Fingallo, Non mi si abbujcria l'alma di tema. The poet has suffered us to forget his hero. All our attention was fixed on Cuthullin, and on his tremendous preparation. Fingal now shews himself sideways, and attracts our attention. There is no danger that his absence will be of prejudice to him. His image follows us every where. (19) Line 424, &c. Darts rush along the sky, Spears fall like the circles of light, Which gild the face of night. E per lo ciel volano, cadono Nembi di dardi, e tronchi d'aste, e scheggCi Quai ciicoli dil uce, onde s'indora Di tempestosa notte il fosco aspetto. This appropriate and beautiful comparison darts an unexpected ray of light on the terrible scene before us, and makes an affecting impression on the mind of the reader, entirely corresponding to what it represents. (20) Line 447. The battle lay behind him, As groves overturned on the desarts of Cromla. Sta raso il campo Addietro lor, quai rovesciati boschi Nel deserto di Cromla. We cannot sufficiently admire the force, the aptitude, and the delicacy of these comparisons. Nor can it be denied that Homer has many such, full of sublimity and conviction; but it must at the same time be granted, that he has perhaps as many that are low and unsuitable; and those which are most admirable seldom embrace at once all the necessary qualifications. Moreover, we do not perceive in his comparisons a-certain rare nicety of discrimination, nor any very great effort of genius. Homer mostly makes use of objects as they present themselves to his mind; Ossian in general makes a choice selection, and at times he in a certain degree creates them. (21) Line 46l, &c. Weep on the rocks of roaring winds, 0 maid of...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236628489
  • 9781236628480