The clouds of Aristophanes

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J. Bartlett, 1858 - Education - 230 pages
 

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Page 137 - Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me ! You would play upon me ; you would seem to know my stops ; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery ; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass : and there is much music, excellent voice in this little organ ; yet cannot you make it speak.
Page 137 - ... seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.
Page 198 - Now wi1l 1 sketch the ancient plan of training, When justice was in vogue and wisdom flourished. First, modesty restrained the youthful voice, So that no brawl was heard. In order ranged, The boys from all the neighborhood appeared, Marching to school, naked, though down the sky Tumbled the flaky snow like flour from sieve. Arrived, and seated wide apart, the master First taught them how to chant Athena's praise, " Pallas unconqucred, stormer of cities ! " or " Shout far resounding," in the selfsame...
Page 215 - Till they are hoarse again, yet all he law ! That with most quick agility can turn And re-turn ; can make knots and undo them. Give forked counsel, take provoking gold On either hand, and put it up.
Page xvii - ... genius. It is impossible to study his works attentively, without feeling that his was one of the master minds of the Attic drama. The brightest flashes of a poetical spirit are constantly breaking out from the midst of the broadest merriment and the sharpest satire. An imagination of endless variety informs those lyrical passages which gem his works, and are among the most precious brilliants of the Greek language. In the drawing of characters his plays exhibit consummate skill The comedy of...
Page 161 - The parabasis may partly have owed its invention to the circumstance of the comic poets not having such ample materials as the tragic, to fill up the intervals of the action when the stage was empty, by affecting and inspired poetry.
Page 136 - Clouds, it might appear to look down upon the objects of which they speak as then visible to themselves — to see the land of Pallas stretched out before them, and the lofty Temples and Statues of Athens at their feet; to trace the long trains of worshippers in festal array going over the hills to the Sacred Mysteries of Eleusis ; to follow the sacred processions winding through the streets to the Acropolis of the Athenian city ; to witness the banquets and sacrifices on solemn holidays ; to behold...
Page 146 - Ham. Do you see yonder cloud, that's almost in shape of a camel? Pol. By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed. Ham. Methinks, it is like a weasel. • Pol. It is backed like a weasel. Ham. Or, like a whale ? Pol. Very like a whale.
Page 137 - But these cannot I command to any utterance of harmony; I have not the skill. HAM. Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me. You would play upon me ; you would seem to know my stops ; you would...
Page 143 - From that time until the fourth of August, fed by continual influxes of celestial life, these archetypal ideas internally unfolded within his interior or spiritual self; until at length, having attained to their maturity, they descended into the externals of the mind, uttered themselves in speech, and were transcribed as spoken by the medium...

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