Five Centuries of English Verse, Impressions, Vol. 2 of 2: Wordsworth to Tennyson; Revised Edition of "the Poets: Chaucer to Tennyson Impressions" (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Five Centuries of English Verse, Impressions, Vol. 2 of 2: Wordsworth to Tennyson; Revised Edition of "the Poets: Chaucer to Tennyson Impressions"

I cannot but recognize that the mass of his verse has ceased to please. That is the common fate of poetry in bulk. It must be conceded that the rule applies especi ally here. Ordinary readers even with a taste for poetry are satisfied with a fraction of his. As it happens, the few favourites are generally the fruit of earlier years. But comparisons of age may well be of interest for students of literature; they do not affect the question of absolute merit. When I am choosing pieces to make my own, and love, I do not consider dates. Similarly I do not concern myself with Wordsworth's philosophy, unless so far as it was the motive for a poem, and colours it. As it happened, the philosophy was of a kind to bear a very intimate relation to the poetry. The scheme of it was the pre-existence Of spirit in an angelic state,'and its new birth into a new order of Nature prepared for it by the Divine Architect. The fabric, with its appointed centre and lord, was designed to be admirably fair and happy. 'in all its constituents, from man to beast, to the ?owers of the field, mountain and valley, winds and waters, it was meant to develop by the law of its being into beauty, mutually grateful loving-kind ness, sympathy, symmetry, and harmony.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - William Stebbing

Hardback

Published Date - August 22 2019

ISBN - 9780331382822

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.7 cm

Page Count - 445

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