Some Aspects of Thackeray by Lewis Saul BenjaminSome Aspects of Thackeray by Lewis Saul Benjamin

Some Aspects of Thackeray

byLewis Saul Benjamin

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. 1911. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III Thackeray's Ballads AWELL-KNOWN critic remarked many years ago that if in England you write poetry by profession, however bad that poetry may be, you are a poet; but if you are a merchant, a lawyer, a novelist, anybody, you do not count as a poet, for then the prevailing feeling is: "What business have you as a practical man to make such an ass of yourself?" This statement, the truth of which as regards the general reader cannot be controverted, may account in part for the comparative neglect of Thackeray's ballads; while a second reason is, no doubt, that his poetry has been overshadowed by his novels; and a third cause of neglect may be found in the lamentable fact that light verse does not meet with much encouragement in this country. The average Englishman takes poetry only a few degrees less seriously than he takes his Bible; as something only to be approached, metaphorically speaking, after fasting and with prayer. He has the feeling that it is almost irreverent to read light verse: it comes as a shock--as if, when prepared for a deluge, there came only a slight shower of rain. Still, though there has been no Heine in English literature, and, as regards the majority, our poets have lacked the light touch of the French petit-maitre, we can boast of several writers of really good occasional and humorous verse in the nineteenth century: Hood, Barham, Calverley, Locker-Lampson, Gilbert, and the always delightful Austin Dobson. None the less, Thackeray's ballads and verses have been accorded so little attention that Mr. Whibley in his recent interesting monograph on that author did not even mention them. The love of versifying was in Thackeray's blood, and even as a child he wrote rhyming lines under his own drawings of the heroes of the nurs...
Title:Some Aspects of ThackerayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217875300

ISBN - 13:9780217875301