Philosophy Of English Literature; A Course Of Lectures Delivered In The Lowell Institute by John BascomPhilosophy Of English Literature; A Course Of Lectures Delivered In The Lowell Institute by John Bascom

Philosophy Of English Literature; A Course Of Lectures Delivered In The Lowell Institute

byJohn Bascom

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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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. 1884. Excerpt: ... though his own strong spirit tempered them to moderation as he slowly and painfully struggled back to the footing of experience and faith. His placid, thoughtful and retiring disposition could hold no terms with fruitless and bloody revolution. He loved too well the peaceful promise of nature and society. He thus prays in behalf of his own nation: "Oh that with soul-aspirings more intense, And heart-humiliations more profound, This people, long so happy, so renowned For liberty, would seek from God defense Against far heavier ill--the pestilence Of Revolution, impiously unbound!" How diverse this from the feeling which had led him earlier to exclaim of the French Revolution: "O pleasant exercise of hope and joy! For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood Upon our side, we who were strong in love I Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven!" It is not easy for us fully to understand the darkening down of the entire spiritual heavens incident to the bitter disappointments of blind, futile progress, which has served to express the passions of men, rather than to establish their convictions. It is not easy to get again the foothold of faith after the shock and paralysis attendant on the overthrow of too sanguine hopes. Wordsworth was a reflective, meditative poet. It was not the form and garniture of the world that he loved to present, but its emotional force, its suggestions to the spiritual nature. It was not action in human life, but its under-current of sentiment, that he delineated. He is especially undramatic, for it is not the surface-play of events that occupies him, but the secret nurture of the soul, its half blind responses to the circumstances that try it. Wordsworth above all other poets calls for a spiritual symp...
Title:Philosophy Of English Literature; A Course Of Lectures Delivered In The Lowell InstituteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217249132

ISBN - 13:9780217249133

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