Strafford; Sordello by Robert BrowningStrafford; Sordello by Robert Browning

Strafford; Sordello

byRobert Browning

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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. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. Different as " Strafford" and " Sordello" are in scene and style, they have an important bond of inward unity; and that is the relating of the central characters in both works, at crucial epochs of social evolution, to political movements on which the liberation and advancement of the people depend. A momentous issue for modern England hangs in the balance in " Strafford," waiting upon the wills of two men, one of whom distrusts the capacity of the people and champions the authority of the king, while the other sets his faith upon the rising power of the people of England with the fervor of a prophet showing forth the way to a Promised Land. A period of ferment equally critical for the future of European civilization is disclosed in " Sordello," and upon the will of its hero rests the advancement of humanity at a juncture so singularly favorable for his action that never again did so opportune a moment befall. What Dante dreamed might be done and had no power to do, his forerunner had vision to conceive, sudden power thrust upon him to do, but not force enough to effect. Pym wrestled with such a fatal moment for England's future, in "Strafford." From the angel of time he wrung a victory which solaced his torn heart and yet endures for the peace of England. The fatal moment for Italy's future Sordello held between his hesitating hands till the auspicious act looked black with personal temptation and was thrust beneath his foot, with the last flare of will his smouldering life could summon. For that sole insufficiency fair Italy, although she has held the torch for all Europe, herself scarcely yet walks erect and free among her sisternations. The drama of that victory for England, the story of that lost opportunity f...
Title:Strafford; SordelloFormat:PaperbackDimensions:132 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:January 13, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217563511

ISBN - 13:9780217563512