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This was a cracker. 2. A hard-baked biscuit. See biscuit. 3. One of the deeply grooved iron cylinders which revolve in pairs and grind the tough, raw caoutchouc, which has been previously cut in pieces by a circular knife. Cra′dle. 1. A baby's bed or cot, oscillating on rockers or swung upon pivots. The ancient Greeks used cradles, and called them by names indicating their forms, such as little bed, boat, etc. Baby cradles were used by the Romans. They are mentioned by Theocritus. The cradle of Henry V. of England swung between two posts. 2. A thin shell or case of wood, acting as a splint for a broken bone or dislocated limb. 3. A framework which supports the bedclothes above an injured limb. 4. A frame on which loam-molds are placed in an oven to be burned, after the spindle is withdrawn. 5. (Hydraulic Engineering.) The frame in which a ship lies on the ways, and which accompanies her in launching; or, the frame in which a vessel lies on a way or
s chain has a spring bar which sets the hooks in a position to engage with the cakes of ice. Ice-hook. A hook used in landing ice and transporting it on ways to a house or hold. See g, Fig. 2658. Endless-chain ice-elevator. Ice-house. Ice-house. Plutarch records that the snow, collected on the mountains during the winter months, was preserved during the summer in deep pits covered with coarse cloths and with chaff. Water cooled with snow was considered a great luxury. Theocritus calls it an ambrosial drink, but Aristotle seems to have doubted its healthfulness. Solomon refers to its use in Prov. XXV. 13: As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him; for he refresheth the soul of his master. When Alexander the Great besieged Patra, he caused thirty trenches to be dug and filled with snow, which was covered with oak branches, and kept a long time. In Portugal, snow is collected in a deep gulley, and grass or gr
to 120 times a minute. Tire. 1. (Vehicle.) An iron band around the fellies of a wheel. The circular continuous tire is of American origin. In Europe tires were, until lately, generally made in sections arranged to break joint with the fellies. The rim-tire is expanded by heating, and then shrunk on so as to tightly compress the wheel, and bolted; in the sectional tire, bolts only are relied on to hold the parts together. Steel railway-tires are always of the former kind. Theocritus, the Greek poet, describes the chariot-maker bending a slat rived from the limb of a wild fig-tree and rendered pliable by roasting in the fire, in order to form the circumference of a wheel. The same agent, fire, was used in early times to supple the planks of vessels. See wood-bending. India-rubber wheel-tires are used for the purpose of decreasing the jar on the vehicle, and as a means of increasing the tractive adherence. In the Thomson road steamer a thick rubber tire, capabl
both strong and well-looking. The use of heat as an agent in bending wood was known to the ancients. In the Argonautics of Valerius Flaccus, we read of the building of the renowned ship Argo. The passage has been rendered thus:— The bustling throng of men, and groves he sees Hewn down, and axes sounding through the shores; With the thin saw how Tiphys slits the pine, And joins the sides, he views: how stubborn beams Relent and soften to the suppling fire. Book I:, verse 125. Theocritus, the Greek poet, describes the chariot-maker bending a heated wooden tire to form the circumference of a chariot-wheel. The wood is described to be that of a wild fig-tree. The Egyptians also bent their tires. It is found that while the compression of the fibers of wood in bending but slightly impairs their strength, the effect of stretching is to permanently weaken them. By placing the piece of wood in an iron frame which prevents any elongation and causes the whole bending to take
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Book III (continued) (search)
e stately, lovely, ancient traditions of English poetry. Undidactic, devoted to the dignity and beauty of letters, he expressed himself in the idiom of the tradition of beauty in literature, both classical and modem. His protracted studies in Theocritus and the other early idyllists were typical of his scholarly love of literature. He himself is the Pan in Wall Street of one of his few fascinating poems: among the bulls and bears he too held a Pan's-pipe (fashioned Like those of old), andmmedia by Edward Allen Fay (1888) and of other works. Norton published his own translation of the Commedia in 1891-92—a prose translation, and, needless to say, a faithful one. Compared with a prose masterpiece like Andrew Lang's version of Theocritus, it seems rather dry, and wanting in such rhythmic beauty as is well within the reach of prose. Here the austerity of Dante seems to have fused with the austerity of the Norton stock to produce something more austere than either. Norton's ver
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index (search)
e D'urbervilles, 288 Testut, Charles, 592, 593, 594, 597 Texan emigrant, the, 131 Texas Review, The, 540 n. Texas steer, a, 279 Text of Shakespeare, the, 486 Thackeray, 69, 77, 99, 114 Thatcher, Oxenbridge, 426 Thaxter, Celia, 38 Thayer, J. H., 207 The Danbury news Man. See Bailey, James Montgomery The Hawkeye Man. See Burdette, Robert Jones Their Silver Wedding Journey, 85 n. Their Wedding journey, 78, 82 Theistic argument, the, 20 Theobold, 487 Theocritus, 47, 490 Theodore Beza (Life of), 180 Theory and practice of taxation, the, 440 Theory and practice of teaching, the, 409 Theory of equality, a, 437 Theory of money and Banks investigated, the, 434 Theory of prosperity, the, 442 Thesaurus Dictionary of the English language, the, 480 These many years, 273 Thier Numer, 1, 606 Thierry, Augustin, 456 Thierry, Camille, 596 Thilly, 261 n. Third degree, the, 287 13th Chair, The, 293 Thirty-one years on the Pla
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, chapter 12 (search)
when he was engaged in editing his Library of American Literature. He wrote to me afterwards, and often with quite cousinly candor,--revealing frankly his cares, hopes, and sorrows, but never with anything coarse or unmanly. All his enterprises were confided to me so far as literature was concerned, and I, being nearly ten years older, felt free to say what I thought of them. I wished, especially, however, to see him carry out a project of translations from the Greek pastoral poetry of Theocritus, Bion, and Moschus. The few fragments given at the end of his volumes had always delighted me and many other students, while his efforts at the Agamemnon of Aeschylus dealt with passages too formidable in their power for any one but Edward Fitz-Gerald to undertake. After a few years of occasional correspondence, there came a lull. Visiting New York rarely, I did not know of Stedman's business perplexities till they came upon me in the following letter, which was apparently called out
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 9: (search)
rvation here, and, in all that relates to manners, Cervantes and Le Sage are historians. For, when you have crossed the Pyrenees, you have not only passed from one country and climate to another, but you have gone back a couple of centuries in your chronology, and find the people still in that kind of poetical existence which we have not only long since lost, but which we have long since ceased to credit on the reports of our ancestors. The pastoral life—I will not say such as it is in Theocritus and Virgil, and still less such as it is in Gesner or Galatea, but a pastoral life which certainly has its poetical side—is still found everywhere in the country. I never come home in the evening that I do not pass half a dozen groups of the lower class of the people dancing to their pipes and castanets some of their beautifully original national dances; for you must observe that, if the Italians are the most musical people in the world, the Spaniards are the most remarkable for a natural
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 24: (search)
s in which pardo, bayo, etc., are so used. But is not Sancho's ass just as good as any horse in the world, and just as classical, and is he not called el rucio fifty times in Don Quixote? And now I am in the way of confessing, I will acknowledge that I do not remember telling you how much I delight in the Death of old King Gorm. See how old and forgetful I grow! So I have just read it over again, and have enjoyed it as much as I did when it first came out. Not so the translation from Theocritus, which I have seen lately. It is fine, but I do not like it so much. I wonder whether I take less than I used to, to the classical fashions. On the whole, I think not, though I sometimes suspect it; I should be sorry, in my old age, to become disloyal, and don't mean to. I looked, an hour or two ago, into Boswell's Johnson, and bethought me that you are the Secretary of Johnson's old club. Pray tell me what sort of records have been kept of its meetings, and what sort you keep? Has
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Spenser (search)
e than translations from Marot; but for manner he instinctively turned back to Chaucer, the first and then only great English poet. He has given common instead of classic names to his personages, for characters they can hardly be called. Above all, he has gone to the provincial dialects for words wherewith to enlarge and freshen his poetical vocabulary. Sir Philip Sidney did not approve of this. That same framing of his style to an old rustic language I dare not allow, since neither Theocritus in Greek, Virgil in Latin, nor Sannazzaro in Italian did affect it. (Defence of Poesy.) Ben Jonson, on the other hand, said that Guarini kept not decorum in making shepherds speak as well as himself could. (Conversations with Drummond.) I think Sidney was right, for the poets' Arcadia is a purely ideal world, and should be treated accordingly. But whoever looks into the glossary appended to the Calendar by E. K., will be satisfied that Spenser's object was to find unhackneyed and poetic
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