Lectures On The History Of Literature, Ancient And Modern

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byFriedrich Von Schlegel

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...of judgment, and purity of taste--a sea of frothy conceits, and noisy dulness, upon which the spirit of the age is tossed hither and thither, not without great and frequent danger of entirely losing sight of the compass oi meditation, and the nolar star of truth. LECTURE X. A FEW WORD3 UPON THE LITERATURE OF THE NORTH AND EAST OF EUROPE, UPON THE SCHOLASTIC LEARNING AND GERMAN MYSTICKS OF THE MIDDLE AGE. As yet we have been almost entirely occupied with the literature of those of the modern nations which are settled in the southern and western districts of Europe,--the peoples whose dialects are either Teutonic or Romanic, or made up of a mixture of both, the Italians, the French, the Spaniards, and the English. The literature of these nations is beyond all doubt, both from its own nature, and from the wide-spread influence which it has exerted, by far the most remarkable and important. At the same time it would have greatly gratified myself, and very much tended to complete what it was my ambition to lay before you--I mean a full and national view of literature,--had I been able to speak at length concerning those other great nations which inhabit the eastern and northern parts of our continent. Every separate and independent nation has the right, if I may so express it, of possessing a literature peculiar to itself; and no barbarism is in my opinion so hurtful as that which would oppress the language of a people and a country, or do any thing which tends to exclude them from reaching the higher orders of intellectual cultivation. It is mere prejudice, unworthy of rational and thinking men, which leads us to consider languages that have been neglected, or that are unknown to ourselves, as incapable of being brought to perfection. Some languages,...

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...of judgment, and purity of taste--a sea of frothy conceits, and noisy dulness, upon which the spirit of the age is toss...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:172 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.37 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217500595

ISBN - 13:9780217500593

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