The Defence of PoŽsie: And Certain Sonnets (Google eBook)

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Pub. at the Caradoc Press, 1906 - Poetry - 108 pages
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Page 11 - Only the poet, disdaining to be tied to any such subjection, lifted up with the vigor of his own invention, doth grow, in effect, into another nature, in making things either better than nature bringeth forth, or, quite anew, forms such as never were in nature...
Page 32 - ... cometh to you with words set in delightful proportion, either accompanied with, or prepared for, the well enchanting skill of music; and with a tale forsooth he cometh unto you, with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.
Page 63 - I have seen), which notwithstanding, as it is full of stately speeches and well-sounding phrases, climbing to the height of Seneca his style, and as full of notable morality, which it doth most delightfully teach, and so obtain the very end of poesy...
Page 107 - To that sweet yoke where lasting freedoms be ; Which breaks the clouds and opens forth the light ; That doth both shine, and give us sight to see. O take fast hold ! Let that light be thy guide In this small course which birth draws out to death ; And think how evil becometh him to slide Who seeketh Heaven, and comes of heavenly breath. Then farewell, world ! thy uttermost I see : Eternal Love, maintain thy life in me ! Splendidis longum valedico mtgis.
Page 66 - But, besides these gross absurdities, how all their plays be neither right tragedies nor right comedies, mingling kings and clowns, not because the matter so carrieth it, but thrust in the clown by head and shoulders to play a part in majestical matters, with neither decency nor discretion; so as neither the admiration and commiseration, nor the right sportfulness, is by their mongrel tragicomedy obtained.
Page 64 - Now of time they are much more liberal; for ordinary it is, that two young princes fall in love: after many traverses she is got with child: delivered of a fair boy: he is lost, groweth a man, falleth in love, and is ready to get another child; and all this in two hours...
Page 11 - Nature bringeth forth, or, quite anew, forms such as never were in Nature, as the Heroes, Demigods, Cyclops, Chimeras, Furies, and such like: so as he goeth hand in hand with Nature, not enclosed within the narrow warrant of her gifts, but freely ranging within the zodiac of his own wit.
Page 56 - Herein may much be said; let this suffice: the poets did not induce such opinions but did imitate those opinions already induced.
Page 75 - I conjure you all that have had the evil luck to read this ink-wasting toy of mine, even in the name of the Nine Muses, no more to scorn the sacred mysteries of poesy, no more to laugh at the name of poets, as though they were next inheritors to fools, no more to jest at the reverend title of a rhymer, but to believe, with Aristotle, that they were the ancient treasurers of the Grecians...
Page 39 - I never heard the old song of Percy and Douglas, that I found not my heart more moved than with a trumpet; and yet it is sung by some blind crowder with no rougher voice than rude style ; which being so evil apparelled in the dust and cobweb of that uncivil age, what would it work trimmed in the gorgeous eloquence of Pindar?

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