fascination, a living soul behind them all and informing all, an intense singleness of purpose, a core of doctrine simple, human, and wholesome, though it be also, to use his own phrase, the bread of angels.
Nor is this unity characteristic only of the Divina Commedia. All the works of Dante, with the possible exception of the De vulgari Eloquio (which is unfinished), are component parts of a Whole Duty of Man mutually completing and interpreting one another.
They are also, as truly as Wordsworth's Prelude, a history of the growth of a poet's mind.
Like the English poet he valued himself at a high rate, the higher no doubt after Fortune had made him outwardly cheap.
Sempre il magnanimo si magnifica in suo cuore; e cosi lo pusillanimo per contrario sempre si tiene meno che non e.
The great-minded man ever magnifies himself in his heart, and in like manner the pusillanimous holds himself less than he is. (Convito, Tr. I. c. 11.) As in the prose of Milton, whose striking likeness
ecognized the distinction between simplicity and vulgarity, which Wordsworth was so long in finding out, and seems to have divined the fact th in the mind.
(See Haslewood's Ancient Crit.
II.) Wordsworth, an excellent judge, much admired Daniel's poem to the Countess o attempt at reform than Thomson's Seasons were in the topics, and Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads in the language of poetry.
But the great merit.
But Spenser had fortunately almost as little sense of humor as Wordsworth,
There is a gleam of humor in one of the couplets of Mother Huinest sight God looked down on was a fine man on a fine horse.
Wordsworth, in the supplement to his preface, tells us that the Faery Queen faded before Sylvester's translation of Du Bartas.
But Wordsworth held a brief for himself in this case, and is no exception to the proverb ashow traces of him; and in our own day his influence reappears in Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.
Landor is, I believe, the only poet
s, thirteen years after his master's death.
Wordsworth was always considerate and kind with his sergives tone without lessening individuality.
Wordsworth never quite saw the distinction between the om which he sprang,— vien ben da lui.
William Wordsworth was born at Cockermouth in Cumberland on the remarkable good luck which waited upon Wordsworth through his whole life.
In our view it is os very nature incapable of prolongation, and Wordsworth, in endeavoring it, falls more below himselfple sincerity and for the fact that William Wordsworth, Esquire, of Rydal Mount, was one person, an the Voice of a higher and invisible power.
Wordsworth's better utterances have the bare sincerity,of the singers.
Leigh Hunt's Autobiography. Wordsworth writes to Crabb Robinson in 1837, My ear is his best afterwards to look like it. Many of Wordsworth's later poems seem like rather unsuccessfulmay not plead his privilege, what is left to Wordsworth is enough to justify his fame.
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that majestic harmony to his blank-verse which have made it so unapproachably his own. Landor, who, like Milton, seems to have thought in Latin, has caught somewhat more than others of the dignity of his gait, but without his length of stride.
Wordsworth, at his finest, has perhaps approached it, but with how long an interval!
Bryant has not seldom attained to its serene equanimity, but never emulates its pomp.
Keats has caught something of its large utterance, but altogether fails of its nerd Book and the Seventh.
His sustained strength is especially felt in his beginnings.
He seems always to start full-sail; the wind and tide always serve; there is never any fluttering of the canvas.
In this he offers a striking contrast with Wordsworth, who has to go through with a great deal of yo-heave-ohing before he gets under way. And though, in the didactic parts of Paradise Lost, the wind dies away sometimes, there is a long swell that will not let us forget it, and ever and anon some
n, but to be a great poet.
Haydon says that Wordsworth and Keats were the only men he had ever seenven hurt by it. This would have been true of Wordsworth, who, by a constant companionship with mountion.
One cannot help contrasting Keats with Wordsworth,— the one altogether poet; the other essentie a half-mad land-surveyor, accompanied by Mr. Wordsworth the distributor of stamps, as a kind of keen, almost contemporaneous with each other,— Wordsworth, Keats, and Byron,— were the great means of icity, sensuousness, and passion.
Of these, Wordsworth was the only conscious reformer, and his hoson more sides, and he was able to understand Wordsworth and judge Byron, equally conscious, through nd the many littlenesses of the other, while Wordsworth was isolated in a feeling of his prophetic cnstinct of contemporary merit.
The poems of Wordsworth, as he was the most individual, accordingly moral wants of the time in which he lived.
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