Essays, speculative and suggestive

Paperback | May 17, 2012

byJohn Addington Symonds

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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. 1894 Excerpt: ...and consequently the most remarkable effects may be produced in English by violations of classical rules which would have made an Attic audience shudder. No other literature more often illustrates than ours the metrical and rhetorical importance of a word placed so as to surprise the hearer's sense or to arrest his attention by some bold irregularity. Notice the value of the verb streams in this line of Marlowe: See where Christ's blood streams in the firmament. English prose is also hybrid; but in some respects the amalgam has not been made so successfully as in the case of poetry. Starting with the simplicity of Anglo-Saxon and early English style, where the leading characteristics of our syntax are already defined, prose underwent a thorough French remodelling during the reigns of the Norman and Angevine monarchs. The result of this first period of fusion is visible in the style of Sir Thomas Malory's "Morte d'Arthur"; it may be illustrated by the passage in which King Arthur departs for his last journey across the waters of the west: "Now put me into the barge," said the king; and so he did softly; and there received him three queens with great mourning, and so those three queens set them down, and in one of their laps King Arthur laid his head. And then that queen said, "Ah! dear brother, why have ye tarried so long from me? Alas! this wound on your head hath taken overmuch cold." And so then they rowed from the land, and Sir Bedivere beheld all those ladies go from him; then Sir Bedivere cried, "Ah! my lord Arthur, what shall become of me now ye go from me, and leave me here alone among mine enemies?" "Comfort thyself," said King Arthur, "and do as well as thou mayest, for in me is no trust for to...

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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. 1894 Excerpt: ...and consequently the most remarkable effects may be produced in English by violations of classical rules which would have made a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.31 inPublished:May 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217712983

ISBN - 13:9780217712989

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