Modern Philology, Volume 22

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University of Chicago Press, 1925 - Electronic journals
Vols. 30-54 include 1932-1956 of "Victorian bibliography," prepared by a committee of the Victorian Literature Group of the Modern Language Association of America.

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Page 132 - From what we have said it will be seen that the poet's function is to describe not the thing that has happened, but a kind of thing that might happen, ie, what is possible as being probable or necessary.
Page 415 - To quote a modern Dutchman, where I may use a classic author, is as if I were to justify my reputation, and I neglect all persons of note and quality that know me, and bring the testimonial of the scullion in the kitchen.
Page 133 - The poet being an imitator just like the painter or other maker of likenesses, he must necessarily in all instances represent things in one or other of three aspects, either as they were or are, or as they are said or thought to be or to have been, or as they ought to be...
Page 391 - But here a caution is necessary against the most fatal of errors in those automaths, those self-taught philosophers of our age, who set up genius, and often mere fancied genius, not only above human learning, but divine truth. I have called genius wisdom ; but let it be remembered, that in the most renowned ages of the most refined heathen wisdom (and theirs is not Christian) ' the world by wisdom knew not God, and it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save those that believed.
Page 133 - One may ask, too, whether the error is in a matter directly or only accidentally connected with the poetic art ; since it is a lesser error in an artist not to know, for instance, that the hind has no horns, than to produce an unrecognizable picture of one.
Page 153 - ... 1 mare pieni d'uccelli e di pesci; e la terra albergatrice di tanti animali così feroci come mansueti, nella quale e ruscelli e fonti e laghi e prati e campagne e selve e monti si trovano; e qui frutti e fiori, là ghiacci e nevi, qui abitazioni e culture, là solitudini ed orrori...
Page 136 - Il a pour maxime tresnecessaire en son art, de ne suivre jamais pas à pas la verité, mais la vray-semblance, et le possible. Et sur le possible et sur ce qui se peut faire, il bastit son ouvrage, laissant la veritable narration aux Historiographes, qui poursuivent de fil en esguille, comme on dit en proverbe, leur subject entrepris du premier commencement jusques à la fin.
Page 133 - A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. The story should never be made up of improbable incidents; there should be nothing of the sort in it. If, however, such incidents are unavoidable, they should be outside the piece, like the hero's ignorance in Oedipus of the circumstances of Laius...
Page 133 - The improbable one has to justify either by showing it to be in accordance with opinion, or by urging that at times it is not improbable; for there is a probability of things happening also against probability.
Page 137 - Poésie, fondé & appuyé sur nos vieilles Annales, j'ay basti ma Franciade, sans me soucier si cela est vray ou non, ou si nos Roys sont Troyens ou Germains, Scythes ou Arabes: si Francus est venu en France ou non: car il y pouvoit venir, me servant du possible, & non de la vérité.

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