Pindar: The Olympian and Pythian Odes

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Harper & Brothers, 1885 - Athletics - 395 pages
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Page xxxvii - Perching on the sceptred hand Of Jove, thy magic lulls the feather'd king With ruffled plumes and flagging wing : Quench'd in dark clouds of slumber lie, The terror of his beak, and lightnings of his eye.
Page 210 - From the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
Page xvi - to the high level of the eternal prevalence of the beautiful and the good over the foul and the base, the victor is transfigured into a glorious personification of his race, and the present is reflected, magnified, illuminated in the mirror of the mythic past.
Page xii - The great Emathian conqueror bid spare The house of Pindarus when temple and tow'r Went to the
Page xxxiv - and all its synonyms seem to be made for Pindar. He drains dry the Greek vocabulary of words for light and bright, shine and shimmer, glitter and glister, ray and radiance, flame and flare and flash, gleam and glow, burn and blaze. The first Olympian begins with wealth and strength, with flaming fire of gold, and the shining star of
Page xxxix - using a less startling image than we should use in calling it a whetstone ; to call the teacher of a chorus a
Page xxxiv - an irresistible effect of opulence and elevation. Opulence is wealth that makes itself felt, that suggests, almost insultingly, a contrast, and that contrast is indigence.
Page xl - Pindar is a jeweller, his material gold and ivory, and his chryselephantine work challenges the scrutiny of the microscope, invites the study that wearies not day or night in exploring the recesses in which the artist has held his art sequestered — invites the study and rewards it.
Page xxxviii - Nestling nearer to Jove's feet, While o'er his sovereign eye The curtains of the blue films slowly meet.
Page xxxiv - 105), the art of art is selection and adornment, the production of a rich and compassed surface (P. 9, 83). The splendor of the Goddesses of Triumphal Song irradiates him ( P. 9, 97 ), and he is a leader in the skill of poesy, which to him is by eminence wisdom

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