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James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Dante. (search)
itics of this period, one has only to study the various histories. The result is a spectrum on the mind's eye, which looks definite and brilliant, but really hinders all accurate vision, as if from too steady inspection of a Catharine-wheel in full whirl. A few words, however, are necessary, if only to make the confusion palpable. The rival German families of Welfs and Weiblingens had given their names, softened into Guelfi and Ghibellini,— from which Gabriel Harvey Notes to Spenser's Shepherd's Calendar. ingeniously, but mistakenly, derives elves and goblins,— to two parties in Northern Italy, representing respectively the adherents of the pope and of the emperor, but serving very well as rallying-points in all manner of intercalary and subsidiary quarrels. The nobles, especially the greater ones,— perhaps from instinct, perhaps in part from hereditary tradition, as being more or less Teutonic by descent,—were commonly Ghibellines, or Imperialists; the bourgeoisie were very co
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Spenser (search)
demns the archaisms and provincialisms of the Shepherd's Calendar. He recognized the distinction bety and research. Before the publication of his Shepherd's Calendar in 1579, he had made the acquaintase and ample culture. The publication of his Shepherd's Calendar in 1579 (though the poem itself beumbug among humbugs. The form of Spenser's Shepherd's Calendar, it is true, is artificial, absurdany passages in this Epistle? I look upon the Shepherd's Calendar as being no less a conscious and ddies of Milton, a yet greater master, in the Shepherd's Calendar as well as in the Faery Queen. Wetruck out of rhyme, so naturally as this. The Shepherd's Calendar contains perhaps the most picturese a double majesty. I do not mean that in the Shepherd's Calendar he had already achieved that transsion of sensuous delight. When he wrote the Shepherd's Calendar he was certainly a Puritan, and prf what is said in the epistle prefixed to the Shepherd's Calendar. He would have been wiser had he