Matthew Arnold: Poet and Critic

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F. Reinhardt, Universitätsbuchdruckerei, 1904 - 94 pages
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Page 30 - But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating, to the breath Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of the world.
Page 30 - And the calm moonlight seems to say : Hast thou then still the old unquiet breast, Which neither deadens into rest, Nor ever feels the fiery glow That whirls the spirit from itself away, But fluctuates to and fro, Never by passion quite possess'd And never quite benumb 'd by the world's sway?
Page 9 - Evidences of Christianity ! I am weary of the word. Make a man feel the want of it ; rouse him, if you can, to the self-knowledge of his need of it ; and you may safely trust it to its own evidence, — remembering only the express declaration of Christ himself: No man cometh to me, unless the Father leadeth him.
Page 29 - There rises an unspeakable desire After the knowledge of our buried life; A thirst to spend our fire and restless force In tracking out our true, original course; A longing to inquire Into the mystery of this heart which beats So wild, so deep in us - to know Whence our lives come and where they go.
Page 35 - The village street its haunted mansion lacks, And from the sign is gone Sibylla's name, And from the roofs the twisted chimney-stacks — Are ye too changed, ye hills? See, 'tis no foot of unfamiliar men To-night from Oxford up your pathway strays ! Here came I often, often, in old days — Thyrsis and I ; we still had Thyrsis then.
Page 39 - Hotly charged — and sank at last. Charge once more, then, and be dumb ! Let the victors, when they come, When the forts of folly fall, Find thy body by the wall...
Page 42 - The whole scope of the essay is to recommend culture as the great help out of our present difficulties; culture being a pursuit of our total perfection by means of getting to know, on all matters which most concern us, the best which has been thought and said in the world...
Page 34 - Two kinds of dilettanti, says Goethe, there are in poetry: he who neglects the indispensable mechanical part, and thinks he has done enough if he shows spirituality and feeling; and he who seeks to arrive at poetry merely by mechanism, in which he can acquire an artisan's readiness, and is without soul and matter.
Page 22 - You will find on the other side all the parts which should have inverted commas to every line. I was proposing to travel over the North this summer. There is but one thing to prevent me. — I know nothing — I have read nothing— and I mean to follow Solomon's directions, " Get learning — get understanding.
Page 28 - Once read thy own breast right, And thou hast done with fears! Man gets no other light, Search he a thousand years. Sink in thyself! there ask what ails thee, at that shrine!

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