Browning's Sordello; A Commentary

Paperback | January 18, 2012

byK. M. Loudon

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. ANALYSIS OF BOOK V. We left Sordello, in the last book, on fire with-.20 the idea of building a new Rome. Look at him a few hours later. "Is it the same Sordello?" The sight of the stupid drunken crowds in the street depresses him. How can he build a perfect city if these are to be the citizens? He forgets that the Maker of the universe works 20 slowly. Think merely of one art, that of building, and consider the ages it took to pass from the cave and the osier-hut to the forum, the circus, the baths with their beautiful statues. Step by step is the law of life--"To one's task, one's time "--50 Sordello sits on the terrace, seeing his phantom city fade away. Then a voice speaks to his 75 heart, and tells him where he is wrong. Sordello forgets "that collective man outstrips the individual." He would do in a few short years the work of thousands of men during many centuries. He makes the first step and the last step one, forgetting 85 the innumerable steps that come between; and because he cannot attain the end in one stride, he is discouraged from making even the first step. Sordello's own art gives him a lesson. The poets have each their distinctive beauties. Alcama has grace, and Nina strength; (Nina, by the way, was a poetess,) but poetry is greater than the poets. No one singer can shew in himself all the beauties of all the poets. And after all, is Sordello the first man who conceived the idea of "materialising the multitude?" that is, of making a nation from stray individuals, a solid whole out of loosely cohering parts? Charlemagne dreamed that dream, who used as his instrument pure strength, "strength by stress of strength "--brute force--His dream was that of a great military empire. 13 Ages later Hildebrand dreamed it, who sought to ...

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. ANALYSIS OF BOOK V. We left Sordello, in the last book, on fire with-.20 the idea of building a new Rome. Look at...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217450369

ISBN - 13:9780217450362

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