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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 South Western Reporter, Volume 85

Law reports, digests, etc - 1905
...they may be right in their conclusions and I may be wrong; but I do not think so. As the law is not "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain," but is a creature of man, dwelling on the earth with men, touching them at every point in all their...
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The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - Reference - 1989 - 343 pages
...Lowell (1819-1891) American poet, editor of Alexander Pope In poetry, no less than in life, he is "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) English poet, critic ofSheltey He found in stones the sermons he had already...
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Best Remembered Poems

Martin Gardner - Poetry - 1992 - 210 pages
...fish-eaten body was cremated. The most famous description of Shelley is by Matthew Arnold who calls him "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." Shelley's poetry had an enormous influence on the young Bertrand Russell, who memorized many of the...
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The Other Mary Shelley: Beyond Frankenstein

Audrey Fisch, Anne K. Mellor, Esther H. Schor - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 312 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.27 Holding on to his angel, Arnold bemoans the appearance of Dowden's biography of Percy Bysshe...
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The Columbia History of British Poetry

Carl R. Woodring, James Shapiro - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 732 pages
...force. In a phrase sometimes quoted out of context to support the view of Shelley as Matthew Arnold's "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain," the speaker cries, "I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!" This borrowing of Keats's phrase in "Sleep...
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The Metaphysics of Insect Life, and Other Essays

David Spooner - Literary Collections - 1995 - 104 pages
...the way "vermin is born of the void," both recalling Matthew Arnold's cynical view of Shelley as that "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain."7 It can be argued that Kafka's bug is no known creature, deliberately and decisively fictitious....
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Majestic Indolence: English Romantic Poetry and the Work of Art

Willard Spiegelman - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 240 pages
...for six Months together" (Letters, 2:323). So does the conclusion of Matthew Arnold's estimate: "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain."7 Attempting to save his hero ("our former beautiful and lovable Shelley" [p. 213]) from the...
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Oscar Wilde: Myths, Miracles and Imitations

John Stokes - Drama - 1996 - 216 pages
...difficult precedent for theßn de siècle to deal with, more difficult, for example, than the cult of Shelley. "Beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void, his luminous wings in vain": Arnold's image casts Shelley's idealism in a pallid hue, rendering it helpless. For others, the apparent...
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Famous Lines: A Columbia Dictionary of Familiar Quotations

Robert Andrews - Reference - 1997 - 625 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." MATTHEW ARNOLD, (1822-1888) British poet, critic. Essays in Criticism, "Shelley," Second Series (1...
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The Classic Hundred Poems: All-time Favorites

William Harmon, Professor William Harmon - Poetry - 1998 - 360 pages
...words he has neither intellectual force enough nor sanity enough." Later, Arnold summed up Shelley as a "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain." Later critics, such as TS Eliot and DH Lawrence, were even more skeptical, but, after about 1970, Shelley's...
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