A Shelley Primer, Volume 4 (Google eBook)

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Reeves and Turner, 1887 - 128 pages
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Page 31 - No man has a right to be respected for any other possessions but those of virtue and talents. Titles are tinsel, power a corruptor, glory a bubble, and excessive wealth a libel on its possessor.
Page 68 - EPIPSYCHIDION. VERSES ADDRESSED TO THE NOBLE AND UNFORTUNATE LADY, EMILIA V , NOW IMPRISONED IN THE CONVENT OF . L'anima amante si slancia fuori del creato, e si crea nel infinite un Mondo tutto per essa, diverse assai da questo oscuro e pauroso baratro.
Page 91 - The question is, what do I love? It is almost unnecessary to answer. Do I love the person, the embodied identity, if I may be allowed the expression? No! I love what is superior, what is excellent, or what I conceive to be so...
Page 82 - Hazlitt, a stripe the more for my sake.* The man must be enviably happy whom reviews can make miserable. I have neither curiosity, interest, pain, nor pleasure in anything, good or evil, they can say of me. I feel only a slight disgust, and a sort of wonder that they presume to write my name.
Page 32 - ... circumscribed those of the internal world; and man, having, enslaved the elements, remains himself a slave. To what but a cultivation of the mechanical arts in a degree disproportioned to the presence of the creative faculty, which is the basis of all knowledge, is to be attributed the abuse of all invention for abridging and combining labour, to the exasperation of the inequality of mankind?
Page 30 - We are born into the world, and there is something within us which, from the instant that we live, more and more thirsts after its likeness.
Page 105 - ... our own, that lips of motionless ice should not reply to lips quivering and burning with the heart's best blood. This is Love. This is the bond and the sanction which connects not only man with man, but with everything which exists.
Page 9 - ... with all their might, to put down every endeavour against it : and the world in general is so deafened with the noise of ordinary things, and the great working of the system which abuses it, that an occasional excess in the lifting up of a reforming voice appears to be necessary to make it listen. It requires the example of a spirit not so prostrate as its own, to make it believe that all hearts are not alike kept under, and that the hope of reformation is not every where given up. This is the...
Page 92 - Like the Indian palms, Shelley never flourished far from water. When compelled to take up his quarters in a town, he every morning with the instinct that guides the water-birds, fled to the nearest lake, river, or seashore, and only returned to roost at night. If debarred from this, he sought out the most solitary places.
Page 41 - By his recurring use of the veil, the lyre, the stream, the boat, the cloud, and like images, his poetry is most easily and confidently to be identified. Henry Salt was the first, to my knowledge, to mark this fact : The repetition of certain images and words is one of Shelley's most marked characteristics. Among metaphors frequently used are those drawn from the instruments of weaving, the warp, woof, and web; from a lyre or Aeolian harp hung up to the wind; an eagle and serpent locked together...

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