Library of Worlds Best Literature (32) by Charles Dudley Warner

Library of Worlds Best Literature (32)

Charles Dudley Warner
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Volume: 32 General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1896 Original Publisher: The International Society Subjects: Literature History / General Literary Collections / General Literary Collections / Ancient, Classical

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Excerpt: ... We find no other words for expressing its completeness: the whole scale of feelings has been touched by the poet, from the abysses of sorrow to the summits of joy; and yet none of his lyrical poems can be classified into one of these extremes, for in his artistic contemplation of life, human happiness and human misery are to him so equal, that even in the given moment when he depicts one of them, the other is present to his mind. Thus never does a feeling appear single in his verses: joy never goes without regret, sorrow without a ray of hope; a vague idea of death floats in the background of those poems which give way to the most boundless gayety, and a smile is shining from behind the bitterest of his tears. The striking difference from Zoukovsky-s poetry is the absence of sterile strivings in unreal regions, and a vigorous healthy love of real life: our greatest romanticist was at the same time our first realist. This combination is the very quality which assigns to Poushkin's poetry its individual place in the concert of the poets of the world. Prosper Merimee could not conceive how it was possible to make such beautiful poetry with every-day-life subjects, nor to write such beautiful verses with words taken from the very heart of every-day-life speech; and the French writer envies the language which can raise its “spoken speech” to such a degree of beauty as to introduce it into the highest regions of poetry. Zoukovsky had proclaimed that * poetry and life are one " yet in his verses he did not live up to this principle; his romantic aspirations drew him away from life into a world of dreams. Poushkin proves and realizes that which Zoukovsky proclaimed: his is the real “poetry of life.” “It is not a poetical lie which inflames the imagination,” says the critic Belinsky, "not o...

Author Biography

CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER (1829-1900) first attracted attention by the reflective sketches entitled My Summer in a Garden, popular for their humor, mellow personal charm, wholesome love of outdoor things, comments on life and affairs, and delicately finished style, qualities that suggest the work of Washington Irving.

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Library of Worlds Best Literature (32)