Essays on men and manners by William ShenstoneEssays on men and manners by William Shenstone

Essays on men and manners

byWilliam Shenstone

Paperback | January 2, 2012

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1868. Excerpt: ... passengers, see them wandering on each side you, and pick their way through the dirt : seriously From learning's tow ering height to gaze around, And see plebeian spirits range below. There is a sort of masonry in poetry, wherein the pause represents the joints of building ; which ought in every line and course to have their disposition varied. The difference betwixt a witty writer and a writer of taste is chiefly this. The former is negligent what ideas he introduces, so he joins them surprisingly-- The latter is principally careful what images he introduces, and studies simplicity rather than surprise in his manner of introduction. It may in some measure account for the difference of taste in the reading of books, to consider the difference of our ears for music. One is not pleased without a perfect melody of style, be the sense what it will: another, of no ear for music, gives to sense its full weight without any deduction on account of harshness. Har Harmony of period and melody of style have greater weight than is generally imagined in the judgment we pass upon writing and writers. As a proof of this, let us reflect, what texts of scripture, what lines in poetry, or what periods we most remember and quote, either in verse or prose, and we shall find them to be only musical ones. I Wonder the ancient mythology never shews Apollo enamoured of Venus ; considering the remarkable deference that wit has paid to beauty in all ages. The Orientals act more consonantly, when they suppose the nightingale enamoured of the rose; the most harmonious bird of the fairest and most delightful flower. Hope is a flatterer : but the most upright of all parasites ; for she frequents the poor man's hut, as well as the palace of his superior. What is termed humour in prose, I conceive, would be consid...
Title:Essays on men and mannersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217206646

ISBN - 13:9780217206648