By-ways among books by David James MackenzieBy-ways among books by David James Mackenzie

By-ways among books

byDavid James Mackenzie

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... ON SOME ITALIAN POETS WHEN the poets of Italy are spoken of, one naturally thinks almost exclusively of the names of Dante, Petrarch, Ariosto, and Tasso. This is as it should be, for these undoubtedly were the poets who gave the Italian language its high place among the national literatures of the world, and yet it is scarcely fair to dismiss Italian poetry as sufficiently studied in the works of these men, for behind and around them were clustered group after group of poets, each one of whom, though dimmed by the light of these suns, was no less a sun himself. Perhaps when our intellectual telescopes get new powers, and some of the old dust wiped from their glasses, a rearrangement may take place among those luminaries. At any rate, it is our duty to look fairly, as far as we can, at them all, for there have been such things known in the literary firmament as a magnificent comet ending in smoke, and a small, almost unnoticed, star being hailed as the centre of systems. It is not my intention to speak at any length of individual names; especially as everything that could well be said about those best known has been said, and in a way with which I could not hope to compete; but it may perhaps be interesting to take what must be a very cursory glance at some Italian poets, including those whom we do not hear so much of in general. There is no limit, so far as I can find, to the field of vision. In one particular direction this strikes one with special force, namely, with regard to the imitators of Petrarch. Petrarch himself, it is thought with some truth, wrote too many sonnets, but the sonnets, and books of sonnets, of his imitators, are like novels in our day--innumerable--and by no means of a quality to justify their quantity. When an...
Title:By-ways among booksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217452493

ISBN - 13:9780217452496