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James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Spenser (search)
1580, he accompanied Lord Grey de Wilton to Ireland as Secretary, and in that country he spent thdes as the Scythians In his prose tract on Ireland, Spenser, perhaps with some memory of Ovid in poet. Spenser himself looked on his life in Ireland as a banishment. In his Colin Clout's come HColin Clout, written just after his return to Ireland, he speaks of the Court in a tone of contemptnd Peregrine, indicate that they were born in Ireland, and that Spenser continued to regard it as aess of an imaginary servant on their way from Ireland. He sought shelter in London and died there oy have been aimed at the Protestant clergy of Ireland (for he says much the same thing in his View of the State of Ireland), but it is general in its terms. There is an iconoclastic relish in his acf Milton's, though differing in structure. of Ireland becomes a turf of Arcady under her feet, wher race. He was the more English for living in Ireland, and there is something that moves us deeply
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Milton. (search)
the Preface to the second volume that Mr. Masson himself has an uneasy consciousness that something is wrong, and that Milton ought somehow to be more than a mere incident of his own biography. He tells us that, whatever may be thought by a hasty person looking in on the subject from the outside, no one can study the life of Milton as it ought to be studied without being obliged to study extensively and intimately the contemporary history of England, and even incidentally of Scotland and Ireland too. . . . . Thus on the very compulsion, or at least the suasion, of the biography, a history grew on my hands. It was not in human nature to confine the historical inquiries, once they were in progress, within the precise limits of their demonstrable bearing on the biography, even had it been possible to determine these limits beforehand; and so the history assumed a co-ordinate importance with me, was pursued often for its own sake, and became, though always with a sense of organic rela