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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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Essays in Criticism: Second series, Volume 1

Matthew Arnold - English poetry - 1905 - 331 pages
...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,' VIII COUNT LEO TOLSTOI1 IN reviewing at the time of its first publication, thirty years ago, Flaubert's...
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A First View of English Literature

William Vaughn Moody, Robert Morss Lovett - English literature - 1905 - 386 pages
...conduct and of society. Matthew * Ten-syllable lines rhyming aba, cbc, dcd, etc. Arnold called him "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." But beauty such as Shelley's verse embodies cannot be ineffectual; and his burning plea for freedom,...
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The Greater English Poets of the Nineteenth Century

William Morton Payne - English poetry - 1907 - 388 pages
...play of his wings, one hears them rustle." Arnold, making use of this image, describes Shelley as "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." The poetical form of this characterisation serves to impress it upon the memory, but it must be reckoned,...
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The Stoddard Library: A Thousand Hours of Entertainment with the ..., Volume 11

John Lawson Stoddard - Literature - 1910
...ecstasy at times so far above the earthly and material. Matthew Arnold well described Shelley as "A beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." ADONAIS AN ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF JOHN KEATS I WEEP for Adonais — he is dead ! Oh, weep for Adonais...
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12 articles on P.B. Shelley, by various authors. Extr. from periodicals

1871
...which exhibit all the errors of the revolutionary epoch, exhibit also the better spirit of the time. " Beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain" — so he is described by Mr. Matthew Arnold. " The real is the true world for a great poet, but it...
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The American Journal of Sociology, Volume 17

Albion W. Small, Ellsworth Faris, Ernest Watson Burgess, Herbert Blumer, Everett Cherrington Hughes - Electronic journals - 1912
...it was in our day, but will make for a definite social end. The Shelley of the future will not be a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain. He will stand on earth, not rapt above the pole. He will sing the hymns of humanity. But he must be...
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Introductions to the Poets

Willingham Franklin Rawnsley - English poetry - 1912 - 313 pages
...body decrepit or to wither the heart which could not be consumed by fire." Shelley has been called " a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain " ; and for many years it was in vain — witness the failure of The Revolt of Islam — for this reason,...
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The Minister as Shepherd

Charles Edward Jefferson - Pastoral theology - 1912 - 229 pages
...point of contact, and this is established in pastoral work. Matthew Arnold used to call Shelley " a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." That is a correct description of many an aspiring preacher. He has beautiful sentiments, but his message...
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Government by All the People; Or: The Initiative, the Referendum, and the ...

Delos Franklin Wilcox - Recall - 1912 - 324 pages
...introduction of Majority Rule we are able to change the conditions that now make the typical reformer "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain," if we are able to minimize the discouraging waste of energy incident upon the futile efforts now made...
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The Quintessence of Ibsenism

Bernard Shaw - 1913 - 240 pages
...unless you ternal appearance of so bitter an enemy of mankind." (Literary Gazette, icjth May 1821.) "A beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." (MATTHEW ARNOLD, in the preface to his selection of poems by Byron, dated 1881.) The 1881 opinion is...
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