The Spirit of the Age; Or, Contemporary Portraits Volume 1

The Spirit of the Age; Or, Contemporary Portraits Volume 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. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...thought meretricious, theatrical, vulgar; and nothingcontents his fastidious taste beyond a simple garland offlowcrs. Neither does he avail himself of the advantages which nature or ' accident holds out to him. He chooses to have his subject a foil to his invention, to owe nothing but to himself. He gathers manna in the wilderness, he strikes the barren rock for the gushing moisture. He elevates the mean by the strength of his own aspirations; he clothes the naked with beauty and grandeur from the store of his own recollections. No cypress-grove loads his verse with perfumes: buthis imagination lends '-' a sense of joy " To the bare trees and mountains bare, -And grass in the green field." No storm, no shipwreck startles us by its horrors: but the'rainbow lifts-its head in the cloud, and the breeze sighs through the withered fern. N o sad vicissitude of fate, no overwhelming catastrophe in nature deforms his page: but the dew-drop glitters on the bending flower, the tear collects in the glistening eye. ' " Beneath the hills, along the flowery vales, The generations are prepared; the pangs, The internal pangs are ready; the dread strife-Of poor humanity's afflicted will, Struggling in vain with ruthless destiny." As the lark ascends from its low bed on fluttering Wing, and salutes the morning skies; so Mr. Wordsworth's unpretending Muse, in russet guise, scales the summits of reflection, while it makes the round earth its footstool, and its home! Possibly a good deal of this may be regarded as the efl'ect of disappointed views and an inverted ambition. Prevented by native pride and indolence from climbing the ascent of learning or greatness, taught by political opinions to say to'the vain...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236521803
  • 9781236521804