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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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Biofictions: The Rewriting of Romantic Lives in Contemporary Fiction and Drama

Martin Middeke, Werner Huber - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 229 pages
...immorality and called him deranged, insane, or mad.2 Thus, in the opinion of Matthew Arnold he was a "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain," and "not entirely sane."3 Even as late as 1930, the critic JR Ullman, aware of this critical tradition,...
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The Picturesque and the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape

Susan Glickman - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 212 pages
...the benighted world"51. Arnold inverted this image in his notorious characterization of Shelley as a "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain"; Swinburne reprised it when he declared that, on the contrary, "Shelley was born a son and a soldier...
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Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law: (2000)

Jochen Abraham Frowein, Rüdiger Wolfrum, Christiane E. Philipp - Political Science - 1999 - 606 pages
...century." Kofi Annan's vision of the United Nations brings him close to Mathew Arnold's Shelley:"A beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain."67 His advocacy of armed action to stop organised mass murder and egregious violations of human...
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Virtuous Vice: Homoeroticism and the Public Sphere

Eric O. Clarke - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 233 pages
...Victorian estimate of the poet, Arnold comments at the end of an 1881 essay on Byron that Shelley was "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain."38 Arnold's characterization calls on an ideal figure that had already become well known: the...
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The Female Sublime from Milton to Swinburne: Bearing Blindness

Catherine Maxwell, Professor of Victorian Literature Catherine Maxwell - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 279 pages
...of Shelley, the most famous of these being Matthew Arnold's (1881) characterisation of the poet as a 'beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain'.33 This much acknowledged, Webb's zealousness to confute the characterisation of Shelley as feminine...
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The Insect-populated Mind: How Insects Have Influenced the Evolution of ...

David Spooner - Philosophy - 2005 - 186 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."8 It can be argued that Kafka's bug is no known creature, deliberately and decisively fictitious....
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - Reference - 2006 - 1067 pages
...of the next. God and the Bible: A Review of Objections to Literature and Dogma (1875) 30 [Of Percy er's Housekeeping Hints (1966) 2 Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing Is Poetry of Byron preface (1881) 31 That which in England we call the middle class is in America virtually...
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The Cambridge Companion to Shelley

Timothy Morton - Literary Criticism - 2006
...detachments, by what de Man might call its self-conscious figurality, charged in 1881 that Shelley was 'a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain' (Arnold 1.2.37). And yet, between Arnold and the New Critics, as Pottle points out, roughly between...
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Shelley and the Romantic Imagination: A Psychological Study

Thomas R. Frosch - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 359 pages
...tough-mindedness, even, in Frederick Pottle's case, his "manly" quality, Arnold's famous picture of "a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain" still persists.' This study takes another look at the Shelley that Arnold was talking about: Shelley...
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The Ethics of Modernism: Moral Ideas in Yeats, Eliot, Joyce, Woolf and Beckett

Lee Oser - Literary Criticism - 2007
...romantic tradition had never clearly answered the charge of moral inconsequence. Shelley was Arnold's "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain."50 It is helpful to recall the original basis of the charge. When, for example, the Shelleyan...
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