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" Prometheus is, as it were, the type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual nature, impelled by the purest and the truest motives to the best and noblest ends. "
The Living Age ... - Page 66
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A Survey of English Literature 1780-1880, Volume 2

Oliver Elton - 1920
...purpose in Prometheus is to ' present beautiful idealisms of moral excellence ' ; the hero is to be the type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual nature, impelled by the purest and the truest motives to the best and noblest ends. Bat, in the Defence, we see how this type is to be...
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English Poetry of the Nineteenth Century: A Connected Representation of ...

George Roy Elliott, Norman Foerster - 1923 - 825 pages
...language and quailing before his successful and perfidious adversary. . . . Prometheus is, as it were, the type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual nature, impelled by the purest and the truest motives to the best and noblest ends." To his sufferings and endurance Prometheus is conceived...
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Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Volumes 13-14

1919
...spirit and the wrongs done him, but Prometheus surpasses Satan as a hero, for Prometheus is, as it were, the type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual...purest and truest motives to the best and noblest ends.40 The psychological significance of the main features of the myth, as Shelley uses it, is absolutely...
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English Romantic Poets: Modern Essays in Criticism

M. H. Abrams - 1975 - 496 pages
...other critics have speculated; even to lean on Shelley's description of Prometheus in his Preface as "the type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual...purest and truest motives to the best and noblest ends"2— each of these falls short of the mark insofar as it assumes that the central subject of the...
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Autonomous Technology: Technics-out-of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought

Langdon Winner - 1978 - 396 pages
...and freed for endless good works. In its preface Shelley explains that "Prometheus is, as it were, the type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual...and truest motives to the best and noblest ends." 17 To the charge that the poet himself has gotten carried away with "a passion for reforming the world,"...
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The Poet and his Audience

Ian Jack - 1984 - 208 pages
...mankind', and to show his conflict with Jupiter, the Oppressor, in a new light. He describes Prometheus as 'the type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual...and truest motives to the best and noblest ends'. Fully to understand the work and its meaning we must recall that Shelley believed that the writers...
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Creature and Creator

Paul A. Cantor - 1985 - 223 pages
...transgressions to fade into the background. Redeemed by years of suffering, Prometheus becomes for Shelley "the type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual...purest and truest motives to the best and noblest ends."3 Because Shelley focuses on the glorious conclusion of the Titan's story, rather than the morally...
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Shelley's Process: Radical Transference and the Development of His Major Works

Jerrold E. Hogle - 1989 - 432 pages
...out of all that we observe (II. iv. 72-82). These are the motions that make Prometheus for Shelley "the type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual...purest and truest motives to the best and noblest ends" (Preface, p. 133). Hence, because this continuous, self-transforming, and frame-breaking energy is...
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Prometheus Rebound: The Irony of Atheism

Joseph C. McLelland, Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion - 1988 - 366 pages
...judging him "a more poetical character" than "the Hero of Paradise Lost." For "Prometheus is, as it were, the type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual nature, impelled by the purest and the truest motives to the best and noblest ends." Here, then, is the romantic manifesto: both Satan...
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The Tree of Knowledge and Other Essays

G. H. Von Wright - 1993 - 254 pages
...All human skill and science was Prometheus' gift. How then can one understand that Prometheus, this 'type of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual nature, impelled by the purest and the truest motives to the best and noblest ends', as Shelley says, be both punished by Zeus for his...
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