Gateways To Literature; And Other Essays

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byBrander Matthews

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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. 1912. Excerpt: ... VII FAMILIAR VERSE l FAMILIAR VERSE " is the apt term Cowper chose to use in describing the lyric of commingled sentiment and playfulness which is more generally and more carelessly called vers de socidte". The lyric of this sort is less emotional, or less expansive, than the regular lyric; and it seeks to veil the depth of its feeling behind a debonair assumption of gaiety. In fact its feeling must not be deep, since it is the exact opposite of the poetry of genuine inspiration. It cannot deal with the profounder passions, and "its light touch," so Bagehot declares, "is not competent to express eager, intense emotion." Familiar verse is in poetry closely akin to what in prose is known as the "eighteenth-century essay"; Prior and Gay were early representatives of the one, as Steele and Addison were the creators of the other. Familiar verse is a far better designation than vers de socUU for two reasons: first, because the use of a French phrase might seem to imply that these witty and graceful poems are more abundant in French literature than in English,--which is not the fact; and second, because, however light and bright these lyrics may be, they are not mere society-verses, with only the glitter and the emptiness of the fashionable parade. They are not the idle amusement of those Who tread with jaded step the weary mill-Grind at the wheel, and call it "pleasure" still; Gay without mirth, fatigued without employ, Slaves to the joyless phantom of a joy. No doubt, social verse should have polish, and finish, and the well-bred ease of the man of the world; but it ought also to carry a suggestion at least of the more serious aspects of life. It should not be frothily frivolous or coldly cynical, any more than it should be broadly comic or boisterously funny....

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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. 1912. Excerpt: ... VII FAMILIAR VERSE l FAMILIAR VERSE " is the apt term Cowper chose to use in describing the lyric of commingled sentiment and ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021783700X

ISBN - 13:9780217837002

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