Canons Of Criticism; An Introduction To The Development Of English Poetry by Charles William Macfarlane

Canons Of Criticism; An Introduction To The Development Of English Poetry

byCharles William Macfarlane

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... Poetry. CRITICAL literature has of late been much perturbed by the question, whether in the brilliant ornateness of Shelley, or in the serene contemplation of Wordsworth, is found the greater poetic genius. Nor can the perturbation be confined within the girth of the original question; for, take what side you will, the mere assertion that certain lines are superior in poetic merit to certain others commits you to the proposition, that some measure, some test of poetic excellence, is possible. And so, no longer contented with vague generalities, men seek for such a criterion, as will enable them to determine for any and all examples of poetic endeavor, the order of their going. It is not possible within the limits of these pages to review all previous definitions; but if we can find that among them there are two or more under one or the other of which all others may be included, we can expedite our discussion by confining ourselves to these, and so, building upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets of afore-determined truth, may be led to a definition of at least as great exactness and generality as any yet proposed. Conspicuous among recent efforts in this direction is that of Mr. Matthew Arnold, who in the preface to his "Selections from Wordsworth's Poems" writes: "It is important that we hold fast to this: that poetry is at bottom a criticism of life; that the greatness of the poet lies in his beautiful and powerful application of ideas to life, to the question how to live." In the "Contemporary Review," December, 1881, Mr. Alfred Austin combats this, and offers in its stead the following: "Poetry is a transfiguration of life; in other words, an imaginative representation in verse or rhythm, of whatever men perceive, feel, think, or...

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Title:Canons Of Criticism; An Introduction To The Development Of English PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217312330

ISBN - 13:9780217312332

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