Ireland's Literary Renaissance

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byErnest Augustus Boyd

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...deep heart high dreams and mystic moods, Mixed with the memory of the loved earth-things; Clothing the vast with a familiar face Reaching his right hand forth to greet the starry race. "By the symbol charioted" the poet rises above earth, but "the loved earth-things" are coloured by his vision of the Beyond. The violet and amethyst, the pearl and silver shades of night are a happy reflection not only of actual nature but also of the celestial cities and starry regions of the soul. But this distinction between the natural and the supernatural is, after all, a mere convention which A. E. himself does not recognise. In using the term "supernatural" we must remember that it does not exist in the vocabulary of the true mystic. The divinity of nature is an essential of A. E.'s faith. Earth is the Great Mother of whom we are born, and to whom we must return; deity is everywhere. Some of his finest songs have hymned the praise of earth, and it would be difficult to find anything surpassing them in pantheistic ecstasy, The Joy of Earth, The Earth Breath, In the Womb, The Earth Spirit and The Virgin Mother. Of the many poems upon this theme none is finer than the last mentioned: Who is that goddess to whom men should pray, But her from whom their hearts have turned away, Out of whose virgin being they were born, Whose mother nature they have named with scorn, Calling its holy substance common clay. The recency of this poem makes comparison with earlier utterances interesting, as showing how steadfast is the belief expressed: Lover, your heart, the heart on which it lies, Your eyes that gaze and those alluring eyes, Your lips, the lips they kiss, alike had birth Within that dark divinity of earth, Within that mother being you despise. The note of conviction...

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...deep heart high dreams and mystic moods, Mixed with the memory of the loved earth-things; Clothing the vast with a fami...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217226132

ISBN - 13:9780217226134

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