Literary Epochs; Chapters On Noted Periods Of Intellectual Activity

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byGeorge Frederick Underhill

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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. 1887. Excerpt: ... IV. THE ELIZABETHAN ERA. The Elizabethan era of literature is so closely connected with the Reformation that it will be necessary to describe shortly the general aspect of the times, before discussing the influence which the sudden birth of religious and intellectual liberty had on the literature of England. In the Christian era there have been two great convulsions which have swept over Europe like a violent volcanic eruption. The first was the Reformation, the parent of religious liberty; the second was the French Revolution, the parent of political liberty. Both were celebrated for barbarity, cruelty, and bloodshed. The terrors of the Inquisition find their counterpart in the sansculottism of a Paris mob. During both times were assassinations and massacres rife. Patriotism gave way to love of principle; and, such was the prevailing bigotry, that men thought it no dishonour to fight by the side of foreigners against their own nation. It is hardly possible for us to conjecture what must be the state of feeling amongst men at such times, inasmuch as happily we have no experience of these revolutionary outbursts, but only reap the harvest of liberty which was sown amidst so much calamity. There are certainly two things which it seems impossible for us to imagine, namely, the uncontrollable force of human passions, and the absorbing interest taken by every individual, from the highest to the lowest, in the question of the day. National welfare, personal benefit, commercial success, all the ordinary institutions and habits of life, are swept aside by the all-powerful wave of revolution. Happily, in the huge devastation which takes place, much that is evil is destroyed, as well as much that is innocent; and, although nations may have been bathed in blood, the...

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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. 1887. Excerpt: ... IV. THE ELIZABETHAN ERA. The Elizabethan era of literature is so closely connected with the Reformation that it will be necess...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217506704

ISBN - 13:9780217506700

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