The New Laokoon: An Essay on the Confusion of the Arts

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Houghton Mifflin, 1910 - Aesthetics - 258 pages
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Page 219 - No more — no more — no more" — (Such language holds the solemn sea To the sands upon the shore) Shall bloom the thunder-blasted tree, Or the stricken eagle soar! And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams Are where thy dark eye glances, And where thy footstep gleams — In what ethereal dances, By what eternal streams!
Page 102 - ... part, and contract a confederacy between the reason and imagination against the affections ; for the affections themselves carry ever an appetite to good, as reason doth. The difference is, that the affection beholdeth merely the present ; reason beholdeth the future and sum of time.
Page 133 - La Nature est un temple où de vivants piliers Laissent parfois sortir de confuses paroles; L'homme y passe à travers des forêts de symboles Qui l'observent avec des regards familiers.
Page 24 - In fine, I was a better judge of thoughts than words, Misled in estimating words, not only By common inexperience of youth, But by the trade in classic niceties, The dangerous craft of culling term and phrase From languages that want the living voice To carry meaning to the natural heart ; To tell us what is passion, what is truth, What reason, what simplicity and sense.
Page 112 - He has only felt during the whole course of his life," wrote Hume sympathetically; "and in this respect his sensibility rises to a pitch beyond what I have seen any example of ; but it still gives him a more acute feeling of pain than of pleasure. He is like a man who was...
Page 93 - ... beauty, are prized all the more at such a time because they are not choice, but drawn perhaps from a hideous and sordid environment. For this circumstance makes them a better means of escape from convention and from that fatigue and despair which lurk not far beneath the surface of conventional life. In casting off with self-assurance and a sense of fresh vitality the distinctions of tradition and reason a man may feel, as he sinks back comfortably to a lower level of sense and instinct, that...
Page 125 - The power of poetry is, by a single word perhaps, to instil that energy into the mind, which compels the imagination to produce the picture.
Page 133 - II est des parfums frais comme des chairs d'enfants, Doux comme les hautbois, verts comme les prairies...
Page 95 - There is surely a piece of divinity in us ; something that was before the elements, and owes no homage unto the sun.
Page 127 - This is creation rather than painting; or, if painting, yet such, and with such co-presence of the whole picture flashed at once upon the eye, as the sun paints in a camera obscura. But the poet must likewise understand and command what Bacon calls the vestigia communia of the senses, the latency of all in each; and more especially, as by a magical penua duplex, the excitement of vision by sound and the exponents of sound. Thus, ' The echoing walks between,' may be almost said to reverse the fable...

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