Sketches Of The History Of Literature And Learning In England (volume 1) by George Lillie CraikSketches Of The History Of Literature And Learning In England (volume 1) by George Lillie Craik

Sketches Of The History Of Literature And Learning In England (volume 1)

byGeorge Lillie Craik

Paperback | January 9, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... BOOK III. GEOFFREY CHAUCER. The Vision of Piers Ploughman is our earliest poetical work of any considerable extent that may still be read with pleasure; but not much of its attraction lies in its poetry. It interests us chiefly as rather a lively picture (which, however, would have been nearly as effective in prose) of much in the manners and general social condition of the time, and of the new spirit of opposition to old things which was then astir ; partly, too, by the language and style, and as a monument of a peculiar species of versification. Langlond, or whoever was the author, probably contributed by this great work to the advancement of his native tongue to a larger extent than he hcs had credit for. The grammatical forms of his English will be found to be very nearly, if not exactly, the same with those of Chaucer's ; his vocabulary, if not equally extensive, has the same composite and diversified character; nor is his style much inferior in mere regularity and clearness. So long a work was not likely to have been undertaken except by one who felt himself to be in full possession of the language as it existed ; the writer was no doubt prompted to engage in such a task in great part by his gift of ready expression ; and he could not fail to gain additional fluency and skill in the course of the com VOL. II. B position, especially with a construction of verse demanding so incessant an attention to words and syllables. The popularity of the poem, too, would diffuse and establish whatever improvements in the language it may have introduced or exemplified. In addition to the ability displayed in it, and the popular spirit of the day with which it was animated, its position in the national literature naturally and deservedly gave to the Vision of Piers Plough...
Title:Sketches Of The History Of Literature And Learning In England (volume 1)Format:PaperbackDimensions:142 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217047769

ISBN - 13:9780217047760