A Manual Of English Prose Literature by William MintoA Manual Of English Prose Literature by William Minto

A Manual Of English Prose Literature

byWilliam Minto

Paperback | July 8, 2012

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...to the parade of scholarship already mentioned as being fostered in English sermons by the taste of the Court. Taylor carries this pedantry to an extreme. Any of his contemporaries or predecessors might have said that " Nero might be called Most Clement with as much reason as some princes are styled Most Magnificent;" but perhaps none of them would have ventured to speak in their sermons of "the tender lard of the Apulian swine," or "garments stained with the Tyr-ian fish," or " garments made of the Calabrian fleece, and stained with the blood of the murex." His most notable and characteristic figures are the elaborate similitudes from nature. In these he does not confine himself to the features of strict resemblance, but makes each similitude a complete picture in a single sentence, the circumstances being accumulated in the opulent irregular manner already described. The following are instances; others occur in the illustration of his pathos:--The fanciful conceits of the time appear in considerable numbers. Even Euphuism, in tbe restricted sense of similitudes from fabulous natural history, shows itself now and again. Thus, " No creature among beasts, but being smitten, will fall upon the way to relieve itself, except a blind incogitant sinner. Such as have written upon their sagacity in that kind, tell us that the fishes in the fresh water, being struck with a tool of iron, will rub themselves upon the glutinous skin of the tench to be cured. The hart wounded with an arrow runs to the herb dittany to bite it, that the shaft may fall out that stuck in his body. The swallow will seek out the green tetterwort to recover the eyes of her young ones when they are blinded. Only a stupid sinner forgets," &c. "So we sometimes espy a bright cloud...
Title:A Manual Of English Prose LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.53 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217426131

ISBN - 13:9780217426138