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James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Dante. (search)
tion 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-poe, as a natural philosopher was wholly in advance of his age,— that he had, among other things, anticipated Newton in the theory of gravitation. But this is as idle as the claim that Shakespeare had discovered the circulation of the blood before Harvey, See Field's Theory of Colors. and one might as well attempt to dethrone Newton because Chaucer speaks of the love which draws the apple to the earth. The truth is, that it was only as a poet that Dante was great and original (glory enough, s<
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Spenser (search)
introduction of which was claimed by his friend Gabriel Harvey, who thereby assured to himself an immortality d there is a gleam of mischief in what he writes to Harvey: I like your late English hexameter so exceedingly glish Rabelais, thus at once describes and parodies Harvey's hexameters in prose, that drunken, staggering kinThis has been inferred from a passage in one of Gabriel Harvey's letters to him. But it would seem more natural, from the many allusions in Harvey's pamphlets against Nash, that it was his own wrongs which he had in mindt Spenser sympathized with him in all his grudges. Harvey is a remarkable instance of the refining influence s Spenser himself, with occasional interjections of Harvey. Who else could have written such English as many I have said that some of Sidney's are pleasing. and Harvey, tried his hand at English hexameters. But his grewered to all. Spenser, in one of his letters to Harvey, had said, Why, a God's name, may not we, as else t