The Writer, Volume 2

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The Writer, 1889

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Page 276 - Oh ! many are the Poets that are sown By Nature ; men endowed with highest gifts, The vision and the faculty divine ; Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse...
Page 217 - The meaning of life here on earth might be defined as consisting in this : To unfold your self, to work what thing you have the faculty for. It is a necessity for the human being, the first law of our existence.
Page 112 - For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
Page 197 - Is there a man whose judgment clear, Can others teach the course to steer, Yet runs, himself, life's mad career, Wild as the wave; Here pause — and, thro' the starting tear, Survey this grave.
Page 268 - He was, when an infant, a most violent and ungovernable child. At five years of age or thereabouts, he once got hold of a naked sword, and, shutting the door, swore nobody should go out. His mother wanted to do so, but he threatened her so furiously she began to cry, and was obliged to wait till somebody, through the window, saw her position and came to her rescue. An old lady (Mrs. Grafty, of Craven Street, Finsbury) told his brother George — when, in reply to her question
Page 130 - Mid the beeches of a meadow By a stream-side on the grass, And the trees are showering down Doubles of their leaves in shadow On her shining hair and face. She has thrown her bonnet by, And her feet she has been dipping In the shallow water's flow : Now she holds them nakedly In her hands, all sleek and dripping, While she rocketh to and fro. Little Ellie sits alone. And the smile she softly...
Page 231 - Wainamoinen was not a Homer. But if the poet may take his colors from that nature by which he is surrounded, if he may depict the men with whom he lives, " Kalewala " possesses merits not dissimilar from those of the Iliad, and will claim its place as the fifth national epic of the world, side by side with the Ionian songs, with the Mahabharata, the Shahnameh, and the Nibelunge.
Page 73 - What we term a long poem is, in fact, merely a succession of brief ones — that is to say, of brief poetical effects. It is needless to demonstrate that a poem is such, only inasmuch as it intensely excites, by elevating, the soul; and all intense excitements are, through a psychal necessity, brief. For this reason, at least one half of the "Paradise Lost...
Page 109 - I will say here, in special reference to the former class, the noble and noblest ; but throwing light on all the other classes and their arrangements of this difficult matter : The " wages " of every noble Work do yet lie in Heaven or else Nowhere.

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