Poetry and National Character

University Press, 1915 - 46 páginas

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Página 2 - If an academy should be established for the cultivation of our style ; which I, who can never wish to see dependence multiplied, hope the spirit of English liberty will hinder or destroy...
Página 27 - If, then, we prefer to meet danger with a light heart but without laborious training, and with a courage which is gained by habit and not enforced by law, are we not greatly the gainers? Since we do not anticipate the pain, although, when the hour comes, we can be as brave as those who never allow themselves to rest ; and thus too our city is equally admirable in peace and in war.
Página 21 - Wyatt the elder and Henry, Earl of Surrey were the two chieftains, who having travelled into Italy, and there tasted the sweet and stately measures and style of the Italian poesy...
Página 5 - ... gives one more pleasure, and makes one ponder and reflect more, than a thousand of these German pages crammed to the margin and showing the work itself rather than its result. The Germans heap the faggots for the pile, the French bring the fire. Spare me your lucubrations, give me facts or ideas. Keep your vats, your must, your dregs, to yourselves ; I want wine fully made, wine which will sparkle in the glass, and kindle my spirits instead of oppressing them.
Página 8 - ... only a few of them, and, probably, by no means the best ; but what fine, handsome people they are. And however young they come here, they feel themselves by no means strange or embarrassed in this foreign atmosphere ; on the contrary, their deportment in society is as full of confidence, and as easy, as if they were lords everywhere, and the whole world belonged to them.
Página 7 - ... to secure her commercial and yet unseen imperial future. The career of Milton illustrates the national character, its practical and positive quality. If ever an Englishman was a born artist, it was he. Yet perceiving on his Italian journey that, in his own words, ' a way was opening for the establishment of real liberty,' he is at once aroused, forgoes his studies, abandons his Muse, sacrifices all his ambitions, and gives the best years of his life to the cause of political freedom. How characteristically...

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