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James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Dante. (search)
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, repres it is certain that Sir John Harrington had. See the preface to his translation of the Orlando Furioso. till the time of Spenser, who, like Milton fifty years later, shows that he had read his works closely. Thenceforward for more than a century Dast unapproached pathos which make the climax of his Purgatorio. The verses tremble with feeling and shine with tears. Spenser, who had, like Dante, a Platonizing side, and who was probably the first English poet since Chaucer that had read the Corful reach behind them. They are singularly pleasing, but they do not stay by us as those of his model had done by him. Spenser was, as Milton called him, a sage and serious poet; he would be the last to take offence if we draw from him a moral not
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Spenser (search)
e leaves little doubt, also, that the name of Spenser's wife (hitherto unknown) was Elizabeth Nagle conscientious faithfulness of the work. But Spenser did not stay long in London to enjoy his fames near it as the somewhat stately movement of Spenser's mind would allow him to come. Sidney had t in unpractised channels. The service which Spenser did to our literature by this exquisite senseark how often this image of wings recurred to Spenser's mind. A certain aerial latitude was essentur feet. The vast superiority of Bunyan over Spenser lies in the fact that we help make his allego the daring frankness of his verisimilitude. Spenser's giants are those of the later romances, excess which must have been the familiar mood of Spenser. It is no superficial and tiresome merrimentthese of Spenser. It might almost seem as if Spenser had here, in his usual way, expanded the sweesupport it. Pope says, There is something in Spenser that pleases one as strongly in one's old age[120 more...]
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Wordsworth. (search)
s of the best English poets by heart, so that at an early age he could repeat large portions of Shakespeare, Milton, and Spenser. I think this more than doubtful, for I find no traces of the influence of any of these poets in his earlier writingsch rarely appear in biography, though they may be of controlling influence upon the life. He speaks of reading Chaucer, Spenser, and Milton while at Cambridge, Prelude, Book III. He studied Italian also at Cambridge; his teacher, whose name was But idealization was something that Wordsworth was obliged to learn painfully. It did not come to him naturally as to Spenser and Shelley and to Coleridge in his higher moods. Moreover, it was in the too frequent choice of subjects incapable of needs not to bid Renowned Chaucer lie a thought more nigh To rare Beaumond, and learned Beaumond lie A little nearer Spenser; for there is no fear of crowding in that little society with whom he is now enrolled as fifth in the succession of the
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Milton. (search)
n the larger movements of metre that Milton was great and original. I have spoken elsewhere of Spenser's fondness for dilatation as respects thoughts and images. In Milton it extends to the languareful to tell us, for example, that there are instances of the use of shine as a substantive in Spenser, Ben Jonson, and other poets. It is but another way of spelling sheen, and if Mr. Masson nevers in his Introduction that some of them might be reckoned Alexandrines. He cites some lines of Spenser as confirming his theory, forgetting that rhyme wholly changes the conditions of the case by throwing the accent (appreciably even now, but more emphatically in Spenser's day) on the last syllable. A spirit and judgment equal or superior, he calls a remarkably anomalous line, consisting ofe most artistic, he may be called in the highest sense the most scientific of our poets. If to Spenser younger poets have gone to be sung-to, they have sat at the feet of Milton to be taught. Our l
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Keats. (search)
was we can see clearly, and also that it subordinated itself more and more to the discipline of art. John Keats, the second of four children, like Chaucer and Spenser, was a Londoner, but, unlike them, he was certainly not of gentle blood. Lord Houghton, who seems to have had a kindly wish to create him gentleman by brevet, sa pride the vulgar Blackwood and Quarterly standard, which measured genius by genealogies. It is enough that his poetical pedigree is of the best, tracing through Spenser to Chaucer, and that Pegasus does not stand at livery even in the largest establishments in Moorfields. As well as we can make out, then, the father of Keats win his seventeenth year, Mr. Charles Cowden Clarke lent him the Faerie Queene. Nothing that is told of Orpheus or Amphion is more wonderful than this miracle of Spenser's, transforming a surgeon's apprentice into a great poet. Keats learned at once the secret of his birth, and henceforward his indentures ran to Apollo instead of