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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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SCHOPENHAUER'S SYSTEM IN IT'S PHILOSOPHICAL SIGNIFICANCE

WILLIAM CALDWELL, M.A., D.SC. - 1896
...clouds, but which itself remains merely in the clouds, is nothing that man can appreciate. It is " a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain," to use the words of Matthew Arnold about Shelley — if what he said is strictly true, which may be...
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Schopenhauer's System in Its Philosophical Significance

William Caldwell - 1896 - 538 pages
...clouds, but which itself remains merely in the clouds, is nothing that man can appreciate. It is " a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain," to use the words of Matthew Arnold about Shelley — if what he said is strictly true, which may be...
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Studies in Interpretation: Keats-Clough-Matthew Arnold

William Henry Hudson - English literature - 1896 - 221 pages
...compare the entire essay on Shelley in the same volume, with its famous description of that poet as a "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." It will be remembered also that Arnold expressed dissatisfaction with Wordsworth's Immortality Ode,...
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Without Prejudice

Israel Zangwill - Jewish literature - 1896 - 384 pages
...Grant Allen, man of science as he is in his spare moments, is more like Matthew Arnold's Shelley, a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain. So complex is the problem which seems to him so simple, that it is not improbable that the present...
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Selections from the Prose Writings of Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold - English essays - 1897 - 348 pages
...enduring and salutary. Shelley is a febrile creature, insecure in his sense of worldly values, " a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." ' The essay on Heine helps us only mediately to an appreciation of the volatile beauty of Heine's songs,...
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In the Republic of Letters

William Macneile Dixon - English literature - 1898 - 221 pages
...field of pure abstractions. Shelley too was in the void (the figure is borrowed from Jouberfs), ' 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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The Ridpath Library of Universal Literature ...: A Biographical ..., Volume 20

John Clark Ridpath - Literature - 1898
...essay rightly termed by Saintsbury " the most crotchety of all his essays," has called Shelley " a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." In the early part of the century Southey considered himself a benefactor of society in denouncing him....
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The Authority of Criticism, and Other Essays

William Peterfield Trent - Criticism - 1899 - 291 pages
...close of this essay on Byron that the famous phrase which has been already quoted first occurs : " Shelley, beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." When some years after he had occasion to repeat this phrase Arnold underscored the word ineffectual....
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The Authority of Criticism, and Other Essays

William Peterfield Trent - Criticism - 1899 - 291 pages
...radiance, indeed, but availing nothing, effecting nothing. And in poetry, 40 no less than in life, he is 'a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.' " Here is a sentence for us as neatly turned as Mr. Rossetti's, as positive in its expression of individual...
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The Sewanee Review, Volume 7

American fiction - 1899
...truth had been eliminated. Matthew Arnold, adopting the felicitous phrase of Joubert, called Shelley "a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." This beautiful metaphor, while it may describe the ideal Shelley that we like to picture to ourselves,...
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