Sketches, Criticisms, Plagiarists, and the Literati; The Last Presenting the Closing Life Work of the Author

Sketches, Criticisms, Plagiarists, and the Literati; The Last Presenting the Closing Life Work of the Author

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...that designate upon the "blasted heaven" the remote boundaries of her domain. But, perhaps, we are guilty of a very gross absurdity ourselves, in commenting AT ALL upon the whimsicalities of a reviewer who can deliberately SELECT for special animadversion the second of the four verses we here copy: " Eyes," he said, " now throbbing through me! are ye eyes that did undo me? Shining eyes like antique jewels set in Parian stalue-stone.' Underneath that calm white forehead are ye ever burning torrid O'er the desolate sand desert of my heart and life undone?" The ghost of the Great Frederick might, to be sure, quote at us, in his own Latin, his favorite adage, De gustibus non est disputandus; but, when we take into consideration the moral designed, the weirdness of effect intended, and the historical adaptation of the fact alluded to, in the line italicized (a fact of which it is by no means impossible that the critic is ignorant), we cannot refrain from expressing our conviction, and we here EXPREss IT in the teeth of the whole horde of the Ambrosianians, that from the entire range of poetical literature there shall not, in a century, be produced a more sonorous, a more vigorous verse, a juster, a nobler, a more ideal--a more magnificent image, than this very image, in this very verse, which the most noted magazine of Europe has so especially and so contemptuously condemned. The Lady Geraldine is, we think, the only poem of its author which is not deficient, considered as an artistical whole. Her constructive ability, as we have already suggested, is either not very remarkable, or has never been properly brought into play; in truth, her genius is too irnpetuous for the minuter techni calities of...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236820037
  • 9781236820037