An introduction to the poetry of Robert Browning by William John AlexanderAn introduction to the poetry of Robert Browning by William John Alexander

An introduction to the poetry of Robert Browning

byWilliam John Alexander

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...his, with which we are already acquainted, applied in a new sphere. In the first place, in harmony with all his teachings, he judges works of art, not as independent objects, but in relation to spiritual development,--on the one hand as a means and index of progress in the creative soul that has produced them; on the other, as a help to the clearer appreciation of truth and beauty by those who are less highly endowed. Here, in a way analogous to that in which he regards human life, Browning looks through the body of the picture or poem,--its technical execution, to its spirit,--the aim that the artist had in producing it, and the nature of the truth that it embodies. If these be lofty, even though inadequately realized, he holds that the work surpasses even the most perfect embodiments of lower conceptions. " In the hierarchy of creative minds," says his Essay on Shelley, "it is the presence of the highest faculty that gives first rank, in virtue of kind, not degree;. no pretension of a lower nature, whatever the completeness of development or variety of effect, impeding the precedency of the rarer endowment, though only in the germ." So, for example, in the development of plastic art, he is by no means disposed to treat with scorn the feeble attempts of the earliest Christian painters, when brought into comparison with the masterpieces of Greek sculpture. Greek art, indeed, may have perfectly attained its end, the portrayal of physical beauty; but Christian art attempts something higher,--the portrayal of man, not as body merely, but also as soul; and hence, though in execution so inferior, even the beginnings of Christian art must be held as ranking higher than the work of Phidias. Turning to Old Pictures in Florence, we find this thesis...
Title:An introduction to the poetry of Robert BrowningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217173063

ISBN - 13:9780217173063