Oriental Herald & Journal of General Literature, Volume 11

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James Silk Buckingham
J. M. Richardson, 1826 - Great Britain
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Page 49 - ... printed papers should issue, which under a certain seal, might be equally respected, and which in their daily appearance should examine and freely discuss the conduct of the cadis, the pashas, the vizir, the divan, and the sultan himself, — that would immediately introduce some degree of liberty.
Page 44 - Of Mr. Shelley himself we know nothing, and desire to know nothing. Be his private qualities what they may, his poems (and it is only with his poems that we have any concern) are at war with reason, with taste, with virtue, in short, with all that dignifies man, or that man reveres.
Page 43 - ... few lines, which may serve for a warning to others, and for reproof, admonition, and even if he so pleases of encouragement to himself. We have already said what we think of his powers as a poet, and doubtless, with those powers, he might have risen to respectability in any honourable path, which he had chosen to pursue, if to his talents he had added industry, subordination, and good principles.
Page 45 - ... mean and extravagant. He had, moreover, a fine liveliness both of feeling and of imagination, and in short, wanted little to be a distinguished original poet, but distinctness of conception, and regulation of taste. Accordingly, when he had a model of style before him, and the ideas were supplied; when he translated, whether from the Homeric hymns, from Euripides, from Calderon, or from Goethe, he had every requisite for the attainment of excellence. The vague and idle allegories in which he...
Page 44 - In short, it is not too much to affirm, that in the whole volume there is not one original image of nature, one simple expression of human feeling, or one new association of the appearances of the moral with those of the material world.
Page 38 - Sharp, who considered it a duty, and made it a point never to conceal his sentiments on any subject of moment whenever there was a probability of answering any good purpose by avowing them. He was convinced that right was not only to be adopted, but to be maintained on all occasions without regard to consequences probable or possible, for these must after all be left to the disposal of Divine Providence, which has declared a blessing in favour of right. Fully concurring in these sentiments, I remain,...
Page 42 - Islam in our readers' hands, we are bound to say that it is not without beautiful passages, that the language is in general free from errors of taste, and the versification smooth and harmonious. In these respects it resembles the latter productions of Mr Southey, though the tone is less subdued, and the copy altogether more luxuriant and ornate than the original.
Page 44 - But, by this time the critic had lost all hopes of converting the " pantheist" by moderate and dignified criticism, which, in comparison of what followed, the article on ' Laon and Cythna' might be said to be. Here, therefore, he begins by declaring the poem before him utterly unintelligible ; and, not satisfied with making so dashing an assertion of that work in particular, steps into his generals, and says, — " In Mr. Shelley's poetry all is brilliance, vacuity, and confusion ;" — " the predominating...
Page 45 - ... genius and the projection of its language. Our literature can show few translations from the Greek poets more elegant than his of the Hymn to Mercury and Cyclops of Euripides ; nor, in spite of a few inaccuracies, could Goethe himself desire to see the effect of the famous Mayday-night scene of his Faust transferred into any foreign language with more truth and vigour than Mr.
Page 12 - The Maharajah shall not entertain in his service, or in any manner give admission to, any English or French subjects, or any other person from among the inhabitants of Europe, without the consent of the Company's government.

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