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Not much worth reading in this collection of short pieces by Kenneth Grahame. And the edition I read (D.N. Goodchild, Philadelphia, 2010) is worth a miss, given some very poor formatting and design decisions. Read full review
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Page 99 - What song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, though puzzling questions, are not beyond all conjecture.
Page 24 - For, as it is dislocation and detachment from the life of God, that makes things ugly, the poet, who re-attaches things to nature and the Whole, — re-attaching even artificial things, and violations of nature, to nature, by a deeper insight, — disposes very easily of the most disagreeable facts.
Page 186 - ... a great chain-gang, the convicts of peace and order and law: while the happy nomad, with his woodlands, his wild cattle, his pleasing nuptialities, has long since disappeared, dropping only in his flight some store of flint-heads, a legacy of confusion. Truly, we Children of the Plough, but for yon tremendous Monitor in the sky, were in right case to forget that the Hunter is still a quantity to reckon withal. Where, then, does he hide, the Shaker of the Spear? Why, here, my brother, and here...
Page 143 - Some for the Glories of This World; and some Sigh for the Prophet's Paradise to come; Ah, take the Cash, and let the Credit go, Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum! XIV Look to the blowing Rose about us — 'Lo, Laughing...
Page 194 - The art of writing adequately and acceptably about children is among the rarest and most precious of all arts. ..." The Golden Age " is one of the few books which are well-nigh too praiseworthy for praise. . . . The fit reader — and the " fit " readers should be far from " few" — finds himself a child again while reading it.
Page 195 - Could only have been written by a poet full of happy imaginings, quaint conceits, and a certain winsome waywardness which has a charm of its own. . . . The closing chapter is full of a tenderness and reticent pathos far above anything the author has yet achieved. It is certainly a book to be read, for it would be a pity to miss the many exquisite passages it contains.
Page 70 - Strange lore and quaint fancy he will then impart, in the musical Wessex or Mercian he has learned to speak so naturally...
Page 25 - Readers of poetry see the factoryvillage and the railway, and fancy that the poetry of the landscape is broken up by these; for these works of art are not yet consecrated in their reading; but the poet sees them fall within the great Order not less than the beehive or the spider's geometrical web. Nature adopts them very fast into her vital circles, and the gliding train of cars she loves like her own.
Page 57 - For myself, public libraries possess a special horror, as of lonely wastes and dragon-haunted fens. The stillness and the heavy air, the feeling of restriction and surveillance, the mute presence of these other readers, "all silent and all damned," combine to set up a nervous irritation fatal to quiet study.
Page 151 - CC recognize and protect every dollar invested in railroad property, whether at high prices or at low prices. But there are practical difficulties in the way of the adoption of such a system. As we have already pointed out, there is an almost complete lack prior to 1907 of the definite and dependable records which would be essential.