Goethes Reineke Fuchs: The First Five Cantos

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Page 78 - A noble contribution to the history of civilization, and valuable not only to students of German literature, but to all who are interested in the progress of our race.
Page 78 - For the first time German literature has been depicted with a spirit that imparts to it organic unity . . . rich in wellweighed, condensed judgments of writers . . . not mere rewordings of the opinions of standard critics. . . . The style is clear, crisp, and unobtrusive; . . . destined to be a standard work for both professional and general uses.
Page xiv - ... has fashioned itself into living coherence And so, in that rude old Apologue, we have still a mirror, though now tarnished and time-worn, of true magic reality; and can discern there in cunning reflex, some image both of our destiny and of our duty, for now, as then, "Prudence is the only virtue sure of its reward...
Page 78 - The range of vision is comprehensive, but the details are not obscured. The splendid panorama of German literature is spread out before us from the first outburst of heroic song in the dim days of the migrations, down to the latest disquieting productions of the Berlin school. We owe a debt of gratitude to the author who has led us to a commanding height and pointed out to us the kingdoms of the spirit which the genius of Germany has conquered. The frequent departures from the orthodox estimates...
Page 76 - Boyesen, Professor in Columbia College: — An admirable collection of German lyrics, well adapted for the use of college classes. The biographical and critical notes are of the right kind, lucid, scholarly, and instructive; and the poems are selected with good judgment. George T. Files, Professor in...
Page xiii - These quaint ^Esopic figures have painted themselves in innumerable heads ; that rough, deep-lying humour has been the laughter of many generations.
Page 76 - German ballads and lyrics of the first order, to which are added a few student and popular songs. About fifty poets are represented. The introduction ^sketches the growth of ballad and lyric poetry in Germany, and touches on the relation of German poetry to antecedent and contemporary poetry of other nations. The most notable composers who have set the selections in this book to music are named in connection with each piece. To make room for as many poems as possible, the notes are confined to indicating...
Page 78 - The Hon. Andrew D. White, ex-President of Cornell University. " For the first time German literature has been depicted with a spirit that imparts to it organic unity . . . rich in wellweighed, condensed judgments of writers . . . not mere rewordings of the opinions of standard critics.
Page xiv - Cocks pleading at the judgment-bar, make strange mummery. Nor is this wild Parody of Human Life without its meaning and moral : it is an air-pageant from Fancy's dream-grotto, yet wisdom lurks in it; as we gaze, the vision becomes poetic and prophetic. A true Irony must have dwelt in the Poet's heart and head ; here, under grotesque shadows, he gives...
Page xiv - World-Saturnalia, where Wolves tonsured into Monks, and nigh starved by short commons, Foxes pilgriming to Rome for absolution, Cocks pleading at the judgment-bar, make strange mummery. Nor is this wild Parody of Human Life without its meaning and moral : it is an Air-pageant from Fancy's Dream-grotto, yet Wisdom lurks in it ; as we gaze, the vision becomes poetic and prophetic. A true Irony must have dwelt in the Poet's heart and head ; here...

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