Carlyle's Essays On Burns; With The Cotter's Saturday Night And Other Poems From Burns

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byThomas Carlyle

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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. 1910. Excerpt: ... In the modem arrangements of society, it is no uncommon thing that a man of genius must, like Butler,0 'ask for bread and receive a stone'; for, in spite of our grand maxim of supply and demand, it is by no means the highest excellence that men are 5 most forward to recognize. The inventor of a spinning-jenny0 is pretty sure of his reward in his own day; but the writer of a true poem, like the apostle of a true religion, is nearly as sure of the contrary. We do not know whether it is not an aggravation of K the injustice, that there is generally a posthumous retribution. Robert Burns, in the course of Nature, might yet have been living; but his short life was spent in toil and penury; and he died, in the prime of his manhood, miserable and neglected: and yet 15 already a brave mausoleum shines over his dust, and more than one splendid monument0 has been reared in other places to his fame; the street where he lan guished in poverty is called by his name; the highest personages in our literature have been proud to appear as his commentators and admirers; and here is the sixth narrative of his Life0 that has been given to the world! Mr. Lockhart0 thinks it necessary to apologize for this new attempt on such a subject: but his readers, we believe, will readily acquit him; or, at worst, will censure only the performance of his task, not the choice of it. The character of Burns, indeed, is a theme that cannot easily become either trite or exhausted; and will probably gain rather than lose in its dimensions by the distance to which it is removed by Time. No man, it has been said, is a hero to his valet; and this is probably true; but the fault is at least as likely to be the valet's as the hero's. For it is certain that to the vulgar eye few things are wonderful...

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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. 1910. Excerpt: ... In the modem arrangements of society, it is no uncommon thing that a man of genius must, like Butler,0 'ask for bread and rece...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217910866

ISBN - 13:9780217910866

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