Regents' Bulletin Volume 30-34

Regents' Bulletin Volume 30-34

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...his school-books, unless it be daily papers and a few Sunday-school novels, begins the study of literature by reading Oaesar's Commentaries in Latin and Xenophon's Anabasis in Greek. He finds himself in a world of new ideas conveyed in a strange vocabulary. The simple, concise beauty of both authors is quite lost on him, andif he is interested at all in their undramatic, monotonous narratives, it is because they deal more or less with " fights." A year or two later the same boy, who has never looked into Milton or Tennyson, is introduced to Virgil's Aeneid and Homer's Iliad. Here the fights continue, and contribute a certain interest to the study; but if his instructor grows enthusiastic over the natural gracefulness of the Greek or the stately ornateness of the Roman, he sits and gazes in respectful but vacant wonder. It is easy to say that teachers are incompetent and pupils are blockheads, but after making all allowance for teachers who can not teach and students who will not study, there remain two great defects in our present system of teaching literature: (I) there is no provision for development of the pupil's appreciation of literary form, no systematic, progressive cultivation of his literary sense; (2) (and in consequence of this lack) the pupil is not 'fitted by previous training to comprehend, still less to value and to feel, the rhetorical force and beauty of the literature that he studies in school and college. Might not both these defects be greatly relieved by the study of modern before ancient literature? From the low level at which the beginner starts, to the hights of full appreciation of the world's masterpieces is a long journey, and it must be taken by more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 422g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236937112
  • 9781236937117