Matthew Arnold

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byJames Main Dixon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ..."Rabbi Ben Ezra "we have a personal God acting immediately on the human soul; these are the two facts of existence. The intellect is seemingly neglected, being lumped with the bodily powers, and the perplexed world of nature and society is relegated to a secondary place; 'tis merely Time's wheel which runs back or stops--Potter and clay endure: He fixed thee 'mid this dance Of plastic circumstance, This Present, thou, forsooth, would fain arrest: Machinery just meant To give thy soul its bent, Try thee and turn thee forth, sufficiently impressed. There is outlined here, as ideal, no pyramid of life, complete and stately and statesmanlike, such as Goethe dreamed of and Arnold hankered after. "The desire," wrote the German Lavater, "to raise the pyramid of my existence--the base of which is already laid--as high as possible in the air absorbs every other desire and scarcely ever quits me." Immortality thus ceases to be an immediate issue; it is neglected as remote, with few bearings on present conduct; in the words of the hymn: Is it so small a thing To have enjoyed the sun--That we must feign a bliss Of doubtful future date, And, while we dream on this, Lose all our present state, And relegate to worlds yet distant our repose? Here Arnold's philosophic self is speaking--we feel it to be so. It is Goethe's teaching--he who was so cold toward these aspirations after eternal personal life. "Empedocles on Etna" is in many respects a puzzle. Classic in treatment, and containing several passages which are often quoted as typically Grecian, yet the general feeling throughout is modern. This is especially true of the hymn, where the topics taken up by the sage are such as appeal to our immediate interests. But it is certainly not a suitable...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ..."Rabbi Ben Ezra "we have a personal God acting immediately on the human soul; these are the two facts of existe...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217782035

ISBN - 13:9780217782036

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