History of English Poetry: From the Twelfth to the Close of the Sixteenth Century, Volume 3

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Reeves and Turner, 1871 - English poetry
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Page 287 - Sometime we see a cloud that's dragonish; 'A vapour sometime like a bear or lion, A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock, A forked mountain, or blue promontory With trees upon't, that nod unto the world, And mock our eyes with air.
Page 140 - Of the offspring of the gentilman Jafeth, come Habraham, Moyses, Aron, and the profettys ; and also the kyng of the right lyne of Mary, of whom that gentilman Jhesus was borne, very God and man : after his manhode kynge of the land of Jude and of Jues, gentilman by his modre Mary, prince of cote armure, &c.
Page 1 - ... variety ; that his merit was not less in painting familiar manners with humour and propriety, than in moving the passions, and in representing the beautiful or the grand objects of nature with grace and sublimity. In a word, that he appeared with all the lustre and dignity of a true poet, in an age which compelled him to struggle with a barbarous language, and a national want of taste ; and when to write verses at all, was regarded as a singular qualification.
Page 221 - Their downy breast; the swan with arched neck, Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows Her state with oary feet...
Page 165 - It is certain that they had their use, not only in teaching the great truths of scripture to men who could not read the Bible, but in abolishing the barbarous attachment to military games, and the bloody contentions of the tournament, which had so long prevailed as the sole species of popular amusement. Rude and even ridiculous as they were, they softened the manners of the people, by diverting the public attention to spectacles...
Page 203 - Tane leif at nature with ane orient blast; And lusty May, that muddir is of flouris, Had maid the birdis to begyn thair houris Amang the tendir odouris reid and quhyt, Quhois armony to heir it wes delyt...
Page 288 - About the eighth century trade was principally carried on by means of fairs, which lasted several days. Charlemagne established many great marts of this sort in France, as did William the Conqueror, and his Norman successors in England. The merchants who frequented these fairs in numerous caravans or companies, employed every art to draw the people together. They were therefore accompanied...
Page 35 - I know not if any even among the French poets themselves, of this period, have left a set of more finished sonnets ; for they were probably written when Gower was a young man, about the year 1350. Nor had yet any English poet treated the passion of love with equal...
Page 53 - A brilliant sun enlivens the face of nature with an unusual lustre: the sudden appearance of cloudless skies, and the unexpected warmth of a tepid atmosphere, after the gloom and the inclemencies of a tedious winter, fill our hearts with the visionary prospect of a speedy summer ; and we fondly anticipate a long continuance of gentle gales and vernal serenity.
Page 53 - After a short education at Oxford, he travelled into France and Italy"; and returned a complete master of the language and the literature of both countries. He chiefly studied the Italian and French poets, particularly Dante, Boccacio, and Alain...

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