The Western Monthly Volume 1-2

The Western Monthly Volume 1-2

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...himself lor never having seen the sun rise. Such verses may be written without any sympathy with nature--as a man who never looked up to the sky may compose, by candle-light, a mathematical treatise on the solar system. But how different are Shakespeare's pictures 1 Take the description which Antony gives his friend Eros of "black vesper's pageants" "Sometime we see a cloud that's drsgonish; A vapour some time, like a bear, or lion; A tower'd citadel, a pendant rock, A forked mountain or blue promontory With trees upon't, that nod unto the world And mock our eyes with air." Claude Lorraine never did finer painting; but it becomes something higher than that when Antony, in jealous rage toward Cleopatra, compares himself to the cloud which "eve#with a thought the rack dislimns." Here is psychological portraiture--the moral use to which the concrete images are put. No other dramatist, nor even descriptive poet, shows such familiarity with the shifting aspects of the external world, with mead and grove, valley and sleeping woodland, low meadows and deep forests; no one else has painted so truly and passionately the minutest and commonest phenomena of animate and inanimate existence, and blended them so harmoniously with the pervading train of his thought. The fury of the tempest is employed to intensify the agony of King Lear; the raven croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under the battlements; the guest of summer, the temple-haunting martlet, typifies the cheerful and unsuspecting mind of the king as he first breathes the delicate air of the castle; the bat in cloistered flight, and "The shard-borne beetle, with its drowsy hums, ' suggest "a deed of dreadful note," the assassination of Banquo. more

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  • Paperback | 490 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 866g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584384
  • 9781236584380