An Introduction To The Poetry Of Robert Browning

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byWilliam John Alexander

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. CHRISTIANITY AS PRESENTED IN BROWNING'S WORKS. Although Browning is, as every one must be, the child of his age, he is, notwithstanding, as we have seen in the last chapter, in many points out of sympathy with, or in opposition to, its dominant tendencies. Like Carlyle, he is an idealist and transcendentalist in the midst of a materialistic and rationalistic generation. It will further be noted that he approximates to characteristically Christian ways of thinking in those particulars in which he departs from the standpoint of his age; -- in his insistence upon a personal God, manifesting himself in personal qualities, upon a God who is in immediate contact with us, rather than upon one acting merely through natural law; in the prime importance which he assigns to the individual soul; in his predominant interest in its destiny; in his consequent dwelling upon, and confidence in, a future life; in his presentation of this life as a scene of probation and preparation for a higher and better one; in his neglect of the theme of man's material progress; in his comparative lack of interest in the future condition of the race in this world; in short, in the overwhelming interest and importance which the spiritual and inner life has above the material and outer. Moreover, there is, in his way of estimating individual character, a close resemblance to the Christian method. As we saw, he does not select for approval the man who is simply blameless in his social relations, who leads a decent life, and does not come into conflict with law, or the conventions of society. There is something more essential than this -- an eager, strenuous, all-subduing enthusiasm for something higher; an emotional condition which nothing finite can ever satisfy, and which must ther...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. CHRISTIANITY AS PRESENTED IN BROWNING'S WORKS. Although Browning is, as every one must be, the child of his age, he is, ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217775292

ISBN - 13:9780217775298

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