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" And in poetry, no less than in life, he is * a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain. "
Macmillan's Magazine - Page 369
1881
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The Westminster Review, Volume 157

1902
...psychological analysis, brutal as it may seem. Shelley, whom Matthew Arnold felicitously described as " a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain," is regarded by Mr. Salt as a Pioneer of Humanitarianism. 2 The chief merit in the latter's little pamphlet...
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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 95

American literature - 1905
...vainly in his speech, and touching nothing" (one thinks of Arnold's characterization of Shelley as "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain," which, in its turn, may call to mind Lowell's comparison of Shelley's genius to a St. Elmo's fire,...
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The Church Quarterly Review, Volume 39

Arthur Cayley Headlam - Religion - 1895
...field of pure abstractions. Shelley too was in the void (the figure is borrowed from Joubert's), ' a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.' Or again, Marcus Aurelius, had he known the Christian writings, would have ' found in the Gospel of...
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Time, Volume 19

1889
...convictions, and presses them homo to good purpose. Equally true is the ring of his verdict on Shelly as a " beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain. The final essays on names that are the latest vogue of culture, Tolstoi and Amiel, are admirahle, and...
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Heroes of Literature: English Poets. A Book for Young Readers

John Dennis - Poets, English - 1883 - 406 pages
...resting-places like the poetry of Burns or Wordsworth. Well, indeed, is Shelley described by Mr. Arnold as a " beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." As a poet, Shelley is superior to Keats in scope of imagination and in mastery of verse, but it should...
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Heroes of Literature: English Poets. A Book for Young Readers

John Dennis - Poets, English - 1883 - 406 pages
...resting-places like the poetry of Burns or Wordsworth. Well, indeed, is Shelley described by Mr. Arnold as a " beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." As a poet, Shelley is superior to Keats in scope of imagination and in mastery of verse, but it should...
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The Library Magazine

Choice literature - 1888
...radiance, indeed, but availing nothing, effecting nothing. And in poetry, no less than in life, he is " a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." — MATTHEW ARNOLD, in The Nineteenth Century. MOVES ON THE EUROPEAN CHESS-BOARD* WRITING in March,...
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The Living Age ..., Volume 176

1888
...radiance, indeed, but availing nothing, effecting nothing. And in poetry, no less than in life, he is "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain. From Temple Наг. SOUVENIRS OF AN EGOIST. EHEU FUGACES I How that air carries me back, that air ground...
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Essays in Criticism: Second series

Matthew Arnold - Criticism - 1888 - 331 pages
...'252 ESSAYS IN CRITICISM vn nothing, effecting nothing. And in poetry, no less than in life, he is ' a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.' VIII COUNT LEO TOLSTOI1 IN reviewing at the time of its first publication, thirty years ago, Flaubert's...
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Transcripts and Studies

Edward Dowden - Criticism - 1888 - 525 pages
...fact, but Shelley's feelings attached themselves to the more important side of truth in this matter. " Beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." No, not in the void, but amid the prime forces of the modern world ; and this ineffectual angel was...
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