Childhood In Literature And Art; With Some Observations On Literature For Children A Study by Horace Elisha ScudderChildhood In Literature And Art; With Some Observations On Literature For Children A Study by Horace Elisha Scudder

Childhood In Literature And Art; With Some Observations On Literature For Children A Study

byHorace Elisha Scudder

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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. 1894. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VI IN ENGLISH LITERATURE AND ART To hunt through English literature and art for representations of childhood would seem to be like looking for the persons of children in any place where people congregate. How could there be any conspicuous absence, except under conditions which necessarily exclude the very young? Yet it is impossible to follow the stream of English literature, with this pursuit in mind, without becoming aware that at one point in its j course there is a marked access of this force of childhood. There is, to be sure, a fallacy j lurking in the customary study of the development of literature. We fall into the way of thinking of that literature as an organism proceeding from simpler to more complex forms; we are attent upon the transition of one epoch into another; we come to regard each period as essentially anticipatory of the succeeding period. We make the same mistake often in our regard of historical sequence, looking at all past periods simply and exclusively with reference to the present stand from which we take our observations. A too keen sensibility to the logic which requires time for its conclusion, a too feeble sense of the logic which dwells in the relation between the seen and the unseen, -- these stand in the way of a clear perception of the forces immanent in literature and life. The distinction is worth bearing in mind when one surveys English literature with the purpose of recognizing the child in it. There are certain elemental facts and truths of which old and new cannot be predicated. The vision of helpless childhood is no modern discovery; it is no ancient revelation. The child at play was seen by Homer and by Cowper, and the latter did not derive his apprehension from any study of the former. The humanism which underlies al...
Title:Childhood In Literature And Art; With Some Observations On Literature For Children A StudyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217187242

ISBN - 13:9780217187244

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