Pretensions to a Final Analysis of the Nature and Origin of Sublimity, Style, Beauty, Genius, and Taste: With an Appendix, Explaining the Causes of the Pleasure which is Derived from Tragedy

J. Murray, 1812 - 173 páginas

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Página 80 - The sound must seem an echo to the sense. Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar...
Página 13 - Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb: I am the Lord that maketh all things ; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone ; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself...
Página 17 - And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
Página 28 - I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh — with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the long-haired heads of the enemy.
Página 165 - But for the merit of the work itself, if there be any thing just in the plan, it was, because Aristotle and Bossu had taken the same route before him. And as to his own proper observations, they are for the most part, so general and indeterminate, as to afford but little instruction to the reader, and are, not unfrequently, altogether frivolous.
Página 158 - So that feeling or sentiment itself is not only the surest, but the sole ultimate arbiter of works of genius. Yet, though this be true, the invention of general rules is not without its merit, nor the application of them without its use, as may appear from the following considerations.
Página 14 - By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea : 6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains ; being girded with power : 7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.
Página 160 - ... just as collections of natural history, though no part of philosophy, may yet assist philosophical inquirers. We see then from this general view of the matter, that the merit of inventing general rules consists in reducing criticism to an art ; and that the use of applying them, in practice, when the art is thus formed, is, to direct the caprices of taste by the authority of rule, which we call reason.
Página 98 - ... of them. It is not in the Hercules, nor in the Gladiator, nor in the Apollo...
Página 26 - The other Shape — If shape it might be called that shape had none Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb; Or substance might be called that shadow seemed, For each seemed either — black it stood as Night, Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as Hell, And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head The likeness of a kingly crown had on.

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