The Confessions of a Browning Lover

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byJohn Walker Powell

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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.1918 Excerpt: ... / CHAPTER VII OF THE PROBLEM OF EVIL I Remember professing at the outset that these papers did not assume to discuss Browning's "philosophy," nor to analyze his "message." Nevertheless I am conscious of having got into rather deep water. My only justification is that these are still "confessions," and that what I am trying to do is not so much to set forth what Browning intended to teach as to declare what in my own thinking finds illustration and confirmation in his work. This is what Browning means to me. At the same time I am confident that I do not entirely misapprehend the poet's own point of view. This, as it seems to me, is how life looked and what it meant to him. The recognition of the poet's essential individualism, and of his interpretation of life's hardships and difficulties as "a stuff to try the soul's strength on," has brought us to the whole problem of evil, and to a closer examination of the poet's "optimism." The problem is as old as Job and Ecclesiastes, or for that matter, as the Book of the Dead; as new as John Stuart Mill, as Nietzsche, or the Russian novelists. Whence come the limitations and contradictions of life, its sins, its tragedies and sorrows, its brutal cynicisms, its glowing promises and heartless refusals, its deadly monotonies and ghastly terrible contrasts? Is it all illusion, whence the only escape is the cessation of desire? Is it a blind and cruel fate, to which we can only as blindly submit? Are the gods indifferent to human joys and sorrows, dwelling in the passionless calm of their infinite elevation? Or is the Almighty intent on his own glory, to enhance which men must be content to suffer and fail and be damned? May it not be that God is not the Almighty, after all, but that he is caught in the web of his own de...

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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.1918 Excerpt: ... / CHAPTER VII OF THE PROBLEM OF EVIL I Remember professing at the outset that these papers did not assume to discuss Browning's ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217750273

ISBN - 13:9780217750271

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