Poems on the Arts

Poems on the Arts

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...not fancies just betrayed, And artful tricks of light and shade, But pure form nakedly displayed And all things absolutely made. 20 LAOCOON AND APOLLO--TURN1No to the Vatican, go see Laoco6n's torture dignifying pain--A father's love and mortal's agony With an immortal's patience blending: Vain The struggle; vain, against the coiling strain 5 And gripe, and deepening of the dragon's grasp, The old man's clench; the long envenomed chain Rivets the living links, --the enormous asp Enforces pang on pang, and stifles gasp on gasp. Or view the Lord of the unerring bow, 1o The God of life, and poesy, and light--The Sun in human limbs arrayed, and brow All radiant from his triumph in the fight; The shaft hath just been shot--the arrow bright With an immortal's vengeance; in his eye 15 And nostril beautiful disdain, and might And majesty, flash their full lightnings by, Developing in that one glance the Deity. But in his delicate form---a dream of Love, Shaped by some solitary nymph, whose breast Longed for a deathless lover from above, 21 And maddened in that vision--are exprest All that ideal beauty ever blessed The mind with in its most unearthly mood, When each conception was a heavenly guest-A ray of immortality--and stood 26 Starlike, around, until they gather'd to a god! A And if it be Prometheus stole from Heaven The fire which we endure, it was repaid By him to whom the energy was given Which this poetic marble hath arrayed With an eternal glory--which, if made By human hands, is not of human thought; And Time himself hath hallowed it, nor laid One ringlet in the dust--nor hath it caught 55 tinge of years, but breathes the flame with which 'twas wrought. 30 LoRn BYRON. THE BELVIDERE...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236777158
  • 9781236777157