A Primer Of English Verse; Chiefly In Its æsthetic And Organic Character

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byHiram Corson

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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. 1892. Excerpt: ... THE SONNET. ENGLISH Poetry is indebted to the Italian for one of its most important art-forms, which, under various modifications, has been employed by several of the greatest of English poets for the embodiment of some of their subtlest feelings, and noblest and most spiritualized thoughts. In his sonnet on the 'Sonnet,' Wordsworth, the greatest of English Sonneteers, says: with this key Shakespeare unlocked his heart;... a glowworm lamp, It cheered mild Spenser, called from Faery Land To struggle with dark ways; and when a damp Fell round the path of Milton, in his hand The thing became a trumpet, whence he blew Soul-animating strains--alas, too few! And in another of his sonnets, he says: to me, In sundry moods, 'twas pastime to be bound Within the Sonnet's scanty plot of ground: Pleased if some Souls (for such there needs must be) Who have felt the weight of too much liberty, Should find brief solace there, as I have found. After setting forth the strict rules to which the sonnet is subject, Archbishop Trench asks: 'What are the advantages which the sonnet offers to compensate for the difficulties which it presents, for the restraints which it imposes? Why has the sonnet been, with poets at least, I speak not now of their readers, so favourite a metre? They have, in the first place, felt, no doubt, the advantage of that check to diffuseness, that necessity of condensation and concentration which these narrow limits impose. Oftentimes a poem which, except for these, would have been but a loose nebulous vapour, has been compressed and rounded into a star.... The sonnet, like a Grecian temple, may be limited in its scope, but like that, if successful, it is altogether perfect.' The greatest of the Italian sonnet writers are Petrarch, Dante, Tasso, Ariost...

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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. 1892. Excerpt: ... THE SONNET. ENGLISH Poetry is indebted to the Italian for one of its most important art-forms, which, under various modificati...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217155529

ISBN - 13:9780217155526

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