Short Histories of the Literatures of the World Volume 6

Short Histories of the Literatures of the World Volume 6

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... The dictator's name passed into a byword. He was called the great dunce. It became an accepted dogma that he had been all wrong, his adversaries essentially right. But the rightness of the Swiss school consisted simply in their theoretic insistence on the value of certain elements in poetry. When it came to applying their principles in imaginative work they proved even more impotent than the Gottschedians, and what came of their efforts was nothing but tedious and insipid didacticism. All his life long Bodmer continued to emit epics, tragedies, comedies, and descriptive and didactic poems, in serene indifference to the fact that no one read them. His best title to fame is really his effort to rouse interest in mediaeval German poetry. He published specimens of the minnesingers and of the Nibelung Lay. But the time was not ripe for these studies to bear fruit. To have turned the German mind in the direction of England, and thus to have prepared the way for a new poetry of emotion and sentiment, is the great service of Bodmer and his friends. And yet it is quite thinkable that the influx of English ideas might have come about just the same without him, for other minds were beginning to feel their attraction. As early as 1682, a blank verse translation of Paradise Lost had been published at Zerbst, but without drawing attention. Bodmer's prose version and defence did draw attention. In 1720, the first translation of Robinson Crusoe appeared, and was so eagerly read that five editions were called for during the year. Then came a perfect flood of imitations, bearing such names as the German Robinson, the Italian Robinson, the French Robinson, the Clerical Robinson, the Medical Robinson, the Saxon, Silesian, Swabian Robinson, and so forth....
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236739779
  • 9781236739773