The Idea of Coventry Patmore

Paperback | May 20, 2014

byOsbert Burdett

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII THE INFERENCE Having pursued thus far the analysis of human love, which forms the data of the Patmorean philosophy, we have next to trace the religious inference based upon it. Why, perhaps the reader may ask, must religion be introduced? How is it to be inferred from that which has been described? In the essay 'Love and Poetry ' it is asserted that religion is to be inferred from the nature of love itself. Since love is a super-rational experience, it predicates a super-rational order: 'love is sure to be something less than human if it is not something more ', and, further, Patmore reminds us that ' what love does in transfiguring life '--and this transfiguration was his starting-point--' that religion does in transfiguring love Patmore supports these statements by observing that ' love' in its customary manifestations ' is ridiculous unless it is regarded as a great sacrament', or, in other words, the symbol of something greater than itself. For, rationally considered, a young man in love is one who greatly exaggerates the difference between one young woman and another. He can be saved from ridicule only by our knowledge that love is a unique yet well-observed experience. And just as there is abundant evidence of the super-rational experience of human love, there is evidence, recurrent if less abundant, of the experience of divine election. If those who claim to know God as a real person are less numerous than those who claim to be human lovers, the former have included some of the most remarkable minds we know. It was Patmore's business, as it had been Plato's, to relate the two experiences, but he remembered one fact which Plato had forgotten, namely, that Eros, the divine child, is par excellence the Domestic Deity. As...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII THE INFERENCE Having pursued thus far the analysis of human love, which forms the data of the Patm...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021735100X

ISBN - 13:9780217351003

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