The Westminster Review Volume 95

The Westminster Review Volume 95

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...as he complains, had been tried, except for women to appear in public like the men. In the Thesmophoriazusae and the Frogs, we exchange politics for literature; but in his treatment of the latter subject, Aristophanes exhibits the same conservative spirit. His hostility against Euripides, which is almost as bitter as his hatred of Cleon, is founded upon the sophistical nature of his art. Indeed, the Demagogues, the Sophists, and Euripides were looked upon by him as three forms of the same poison which was corrupting the old 55009 of his nation. We have now indicated the serious intention of all the plays of Aristophanes, except the Plutus, which is an ethical allegory conceived under a different inspiration from that which gave the impulse to his other creative acts. Yet it must not be forgotten that the subject matter of these plays is often varied: in the Acharni-ans, for example, we have a specimen of literary criticism, while the Lysistrata is aimed as much at the follies of women as intended to set forth the advantages of peace. VVe must also remember that it was the poet's purpose to keep his serious ground plan concealed. His Comedy had to be the direct antithesis to Greek Tragedy. If it taught, it was to teach by paradox. In this respect, Aristophanes realized a very high ideal. Preach as he may be doing in reality, and underneath his merriment, there is hardly a passage in all his plays, if we except the pleadings of Dikaios Logos in the Clouds, and the personal portions of the Parabases, in which we catch him revealing his own earnestness. Every ordinary point of view is so consistently ignored, and all the common relations of things are so thoroughly reversed, that the topsy-turvy Chaos which a play of Aristophanes presents, is...show more

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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 513g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236935683
  • 9781236935687