The Yale Literary Magazine Volume 8

The Yale Literary Magazine Volume 8

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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. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...His satire is not merely a shield, Nov. Org. Lib. I. Aph. LV. " Ethereal temper, massy, large, and round, Behind him cast;" but a two-edged sword, cutting both ways with its stroke. Wit has been called a dangerous instrument; if so, satire must be considered as still more hazardous in its application. That the occasional administering of satire, on the part of reviewers, is beneficial, as establishing a proper censorship of the press, we do not deny. The strictures of the Edinburgh Review called forth the production of " English Bards and Scotch Reviewers," aforesaid; still it must be remembered that every scribbler of verses is not a Byron. In the case of Byron also, the production of his muse was occasioned by the insults and injuries lavishly heaped upon his character, added to the chafing of a mind naturally haughty and untractable, and " a wounded spirit who can bear'?" Macaulay's satire, however, is a cold-blooded composition; the shaft is not merely pointed, it leaves a sting behind. Witness his remarks on Croker, in " Boswell's Life of Johnson," and that delicate using up of an opponent, in his observations on the biographer of Sir James Mackintosh. " The author has not the smallest notion of the state of England in 1688; of the feelings and opinions of the people; of the relative position of the parties; of the character of one single public man on either side. No single passage can give any idea of this equally diffused ignorance, this omninescience, if we may carry the ' hardihood of our vocabulary' so far as to coin a new word for what is to us quite a new thing." He sneers at the royalist party--he sneers at the papists--he sneers at Boswell--he sneers at Johnson; in short, his most formidable argument is, a sneer! Truly, " 0 most...show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
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  • English
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  • 1236662873
  • 9781236662873