French Classicism

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Harvard University Press, 1920 - 175 pages

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Page 108 - First follow Nature, and your judgment frame By her just standard, which is still the same: Unerring Nature, still divinely bright, One clear, unchang'd, and universal light, Life, force, and beauty, must to all impart, At once the source, and end, and test of Art. Art from that fund each just supply provides, Works without show, and without pomp presides: In some fair body thus th...
Page 9 - But ye were dead To things ye knew not of, — were closely wed To musty laws lined out with wretched rule And compass vile : so that ye taught a school Of dolts to smooth, inlay, and clip, and fit, Till, like the certain wands of Jacob's wit, Their verses tallied. Easy was the task : A thousand handicraftsmen wore the mask Of Poesy.
Page 106 - So then, the first happiness of the poet's imagination is properly invention, or finding of the thought ; the second is fancy, or the variation, deriving, or moulding, of that thought, as the judgment represents it proper to the subject ; the third is elocution, or the art of clothing and adorning that thought, so found and varied, in apt, significant, and sounding words.
Page 82 - Dieu et leur roi : les grands de la nation s'assemblent tous les jours, à une certaine heure, dans un temple qu'ils nomment église ; il ya au fond de ce temple un autel consacré à leur Dieu, où un prêtre célèbre des mystères qu'ils appellent saints, sacrés et redoutables ; les grands...
Page 81 - ... montrent une face humaine, et en effet ils sont des hommes. Ils se retirent la nuit dans des tanières où ils vivent de pain noir, d'eau et de racines ; ils épargnent aux autres hommes la peine de semer, de labourer et de recueillir pour vivre, et méritent ainsi de ne pas manquer de ce pain qu'ils ont semé.
Page 108 - It is, moreover, evident from what has been said, that it is not the function of the poet to relate what has happened, but -what may happen, — what is possible according to the law of probability or necessity.
Page 120 - Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic omament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions.
Page 87 - Les hommes la plupart sont étrangement faits ! Dans la juste nature on ne les voit jamais: La raison a pour eux des bornes trop petites; En chaque caractère ils passent ses limites, Et la plus noble chose, ils la gâtent souvent Pour la vouloir outrer et pousser trop avant.
Page 104 - We will take it for granted, that reason is something invariable, and fixed in the nature of things ; and without endeavoring to go back to an account of first principles, which for ever will elude our search, we will conclude, that whatever goes under the name of taste, which we can fairly bring under the dominion of reason, must be considered as equally exempt from change.
Page 90 - Loud laughter is the mirth of the mob, who are only pleased with silly things ; for true wit or good sense never excited a laugh since the creation of the world. A man of parts and fashion is therefore only seen to smile, but never heard to laugh.

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