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21 BEDFORD STREET admirable Alfhild Bergen Bjornson Brand Catilina character Christiania Christiania theatre church Comedy of Love Crown 8vo Danish Doll's House drama dream edition Emperor and Galilean everything eyes fact Feasting at Solhaug feel figure freedom Fru Inger Georg Brandes gift give Grimstad Haakon Haermaendene Henrik Ibsen heroic ballad historical Hjordis honour idea ideal impression individual influence John's Eve Kejser Kongsemnerne labour less Liljekrans literary live lyric marriage mind nation native nature never Nils Lykke Norway Norwegian Oehlenschlaeger's Olaf Olaf Liljekrans original passion Peer Gynt picture piece play poems poet poetic poetry political regarded romantic Rosmer Rosmersholm says scene Sigurd Skien Skule society Solhaug soul speak spirit stage Stensgaard Stockmann struggle style Svanhild theatre thing thou thought tion town verse views Viking Vinje Volsunga Saga Volume whole words writing written Young Men's League youth
Page 267 - THE GENESIS OF THE UNITED STATES. A Narrative of the Movement in England, 1605-1616, which resulted in the Plantation of North America by Englishmen, disclosing the Contest between England and Spain for the Possession of the Soil now occupied by the United...
Page 200 - My countrymen, who filled for me deep bowls Of wholesome bitter medicine, such as gave The poet, on the margin of his grave, Fresh force to fight where broken twilight rolls, — My countrymen, who sped me o'er the wave, An exile, with my griefs for pilgrim-soles, My fears for burdens, doubts for staff, to roam, — From the wide world I send you greeting home. I send you thanks for gifts that help and harden, Thanks for each hour of purifying pain; Each plant that springs in my poetic garden Is...
Page 237 - Perhaps the charm of novelty has biassed me, but I think not; I fancy this new work will be admitted to be one of the brightest jewels in the poet's crown. He has never been more daring in his analysis of character, never more brilliant in his evolution of it, than here; and there is thrown over the whole play a glamour of poetry, of mystery, of landscape-beauty, which has not appeared in Ibsen's work, to anything like the same extent, since Peer Gynt.
Page 262 - It is impossible to deny originality and rude power to this saga, impossible not to admire its forceful directness, and the colossal grandeur of its leading characters.
Page 201 - home. I send you thanks for gifts that help and harden, Thanks for each hour of purifying pain; Each plant that springs in my poetic garden Is rooted where your harshness poured its rain; Each shoot in which it blooms and burgeons forth It owes to that gray weather from the North; The sun relaxes, but the fog secures! My country, thanks! My life's best gifts were yours.
Page 237 - It is the old story of the mortal who 'left lonely for ever the kings of the sea.' In a little coast-town of Norway — very possibly the poet's birthplace, Skien — the district physician, Dr. Wangel, being left a widower with two daughters, thinks he will marry again. But at the mouth of the fjord, in a lighthouse on a desolate skerry, an exquisite girl lives with her father, the keeper.
Page 239 - ... to remain with her husband, while the merman goes desperately down into his waters. It is impossible here to give the smallest idea of the imagination, subtlety, and wit concentrated in carrying out this curious story. The Lady from the Sea is connected with the previous plays by its emphatic defence of individuality and its statement of the imperative necessity of developing it ; but the tone is quite unusually sunny, and without a tinge of pessimism. It is in some respects the reverse of Rosmersholm...
Page 36 - ... transient existence - a perished grandeur, an immense, sunken world of corpses, death's silent subjects. Over all hovered a withered, ghastly twilight that enveloped churchyards, graves and sepulchres. In a stronger light row upon row of white skeletons reflected a phosphorescent glow. A fear seized me as I stood by the angel's side. 'Here, you see, all is vanity,
Page 262 - Mr. Hall Caine has in this work placed himself beyond the front rank of the novelists of the day. He has produced a story which, for the ingenuity of its plot, for its literary excellence, for its delineations of human passions, and for its intensely powerful dramatic scenes, is distinctly ahead of all the fictional literature of our time, and fit to rank with the most powerful fictional writing of the past century.