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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 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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