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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 Arena, Volume 28

United States - 1902
...with a complacence equal to any of his own philistines, echoes this carping criticism in speaking of Shelley : "Beautiful and ineffectual angel ! — beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." As though celestial Jove ever lost his way in voids, or angels of light ever descended in vain ! It...
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New Englander and Yale Review, Volume 52

United States - 1890
...freely that we learn to love her, if not to know her. Now, is Arnold right in speaking of Shelley as a " beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain " ? Or has Emerson readied the ultimatum in his judgment? " When I read Shelley," he says, " I am like...
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The Literary World

Literature - 1891
...similarly arranged. Two indexes add to the convenience of this best onevolume edition of the poems of that "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain," as Matthew Arnold styled Shelley ; but Professor Dowden rejects this description in teto. — Si-75A...
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Examinations Papers

1891
...artist's profound and patient skill in combining an action or in developing a character, but .... (e) A. beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain. (f) It is somewhat late to speak of A mid. 9. " Of all the poets misnamed Lake Poets, William Wordsworth...
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The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley - English poetry - 1891 - 708 pages
...comprehended only when we consider his work in relation to the period of which it is the outcome. " A beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain " — so Matthew Arnold, with a variation of Joubert's sentence on Plato,1 defined his conception of...
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Representative English Literature from Chaucer to Tennyson: Selected and ...

Henry Spackman Pancoast - English literature - 1893 - 514 pages
...ought to be, before the world has taught him what it is. He was, as a good critic has called him, " a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." Shelley was endowed with a supreme lyrical faculty almost without a parallel in English poetry. His...
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The Heavenly Twins

Sarah Grand (pseud.) - English fiction - 1893 - 679 pages
...them, and was satisfied. " I have it," she wrote. " Shelley = genius of the nineteenth century — 'Beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.' — Afattheiv Arnold." When she had done this she took up a book, w~.t to the fire, settled herself...
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English Poetry from Blake to Browning

William Macneile Dixon - English poetry - 1894 - 204 pages
...has neither intellectual force enough nor sanity enough.' 'In poetry no less than in life he was a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.' Here is indeed divergence, and that with a vengeance ! — not between critics merely, but between...
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The Greater Victorian Poets

Hugh Walker - English poetry - 1895 - 332 pages
...class ; and it was because he thought Shelley wanted it that he described that fascinating poet as "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain". "Whether he was right or wrong as to Shelley, Arnold was right in his general proposition. No visions...
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The Greater Victorian Poets

Hugh Walker - English poetry - 1895 - 332 pages
...class ; and it was because he thought Shelley wanted it that he described that fascinating poet as " a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain". Whether he was right or wrong as to Shelley, Arnold was right in his general proposition. No visions...
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