College Sons and College Fathers

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Harper & brothers, 1915 - Students - 232 pages
 

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Page 218 - By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap, To pluck bright honour from the pale-faced moon, Or dive into the bottom of the deep, Where fathom-line could never touch the ground, And pluck up drowned honour by the locks...
Page 113 - Can rules or tutors educate The semigod whom we await ? He must be musical, Tremulous, impressional,. Alive to gentle influence Of landscape and of sky, And tender to the spirit-touch Of man's or maiden's eye : But, to his native centre fast, Shall into Future fus.e the Past, And the world's flowing fates in his own mould recast.
Page 1 - There they stood, ranged along the hill-sides — met To view the last of me, a living frame For one more picture ! in a sheet of flame I saw them and I knew them all. And yet Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set And blew. " Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came.
Page 218 - By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap To pluck bright honor from the pale-faced moon, Or dive into the bottom of the deep, Where fathom line could never touch the ground, And pluck up drowned honor by the locks, 215 So he that doth redeem her thence might wear Without corrival all her dignities; But out upon this half-faced fellowship!
Page 225 - ... in literature than meets the sight. Thus the effects of English teaching are sometimes hidden. But English teachers are so common nowadays that of them everyone may form his own opinion. And, indeed, the rain of criticism falls upon just and unjust alike. The undergraduate, if he takes the trouble to classify his teachers of English otherwise than as "hard" or "easy," would probably divide the species into two types : the highly polished variety with somewhat erratic clothes and an artistic temperament...
Page 203 - His teachers are harassing his mind not only with facts, but also with methods of thinking: the historical method; the experimental method of science; the interpretative method of literature. Unfortunately, the charges of information too often lodge higgledypiggledy, like bird-shot in a sign-board; and the waves of influence make an impression which is too often incoherent and confused. If the historians really taught the youth to think historically from the beginning and the scientists really taught...
Page 227 - em think !" he shouts. "Make 'em feel ! Give them ideas — and their literary training will take care of itself ! " And the course he offers is like those famous mediaeval ones, where the whole duty of man, here and hereafter, was to be obtained from a single professor. Indeed, since the field of teaching began to be recruited from predestined pastors who found the pulpit too narrow for their activities, it is simply astonishing how much ethics, spirituality, and inspiration generally has been freed...
Page 198 - Their remedy for all ills of speech and pen is: teach, not writing and speaking, but thinking; give, not rules and principles, but materials for thought. And above all, do not force college students to study composition. The Do-Nothing school has almost enough truth on its side to be right. It has more truth, in fact, than its principles permit it to make use of. The umpire in this contest — who is the parent with a son ready for college — should note, however, two pervading fallacies in this...
Page 228 - ... teach literature than the facts about literature. And all these things are among the ingredients of literature. I am merely pointing out the extremes of extra-literary endeavor into which the remoteness of the philosophers, the slackening of religious training in the home, and the absence of aesthetic influences in American life, have driven some among us. A friend of mine begins his course in Carlyle with a lecture on the unreality of matter, Browning with a discussion of the immortality of...
Page 208 - ... one of the most fascinating, most engaging of pursuits for the man with a craving to grasp the reality about him and name it in words. And even for the undergraduate, whose imagination is just developing, and whose brain protests against logical thought, it can be made as interesting as it is useful. The teaching of English Composition in this country is a vast industry in which thousands of workmen are employed, and in which a million or so young minds are invested. I do not wish to take it...

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