William Shakespere; A Study In Elizabethan Literature

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byBarrett Wendell

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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. 1894. Excerpt: ... VII THE PLAYS OF SHAKSPERE, FROM A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM TO TWELFTH NIGHT I. As the general uncertainty of our chronology must indicate, the separation of some plays in this chapter from those in the last is arbitrary. Its justification must rest chiefly on two facts which broadly distinguish the groups: In the first place, while the interest of the preceding plays is chiefly historical, the interest of those to come remains intrinsic; apart from any historical conditions they are often in themselves delightful. In the second place, while in the preceding plays one finds at bottom hardly anything more significant than versatile technical experiment, one finds throughout those to come constant indications of growing, spontaneous, creative imagination. In an artist of whatever kind, a period of vigorous creative imagination declares itself after a fashion which people who are not of artistic temperament rarely understand. The artist does not feel that he has something definite to say,--that he has a statement to make; but when he is about his work, or perhaps before, he is constantly aware of a haunting mood which will not let him rest until he has somehow expressed it. What that mood signifies in the scheme of the eternities he may as likely as not neither know nor care. All he need certainly know is that, without being able to tell why, he feels somehow with painful acuteness; what he cares for is chiefly to express his feeling in such manner as shall get rid of it. If he be a man of genius, his work under these conditions will be of lasting value; if not, it may be comically insignificant. To the artist, this is a matter of accident: to himself a man of genius is as commonplace as a plough-boy. The thing for us to remark, then, in this chapter and in t...

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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. 1894. Excerpt: ... VII THE PLAYS OF SHAKSPERE, FROM A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM TO TWELFTH NIGHT I. As the general uncertainty of our chronology mu...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.23 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217150322

ISBN - 13:9780217150323

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