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Whatever may have been the evqns of these aims he remained superbly an artist. It is a poem unique in English; something is derived from the ballad, but the whole is nourished by the lavish resources of Coleridge’s own sub- conscious. The career of Alexander Popein many ways Dryden’s successor, has been more hotly and more frequently debated than any other in English literature.

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Kittredge in his Chaucer and his Poetry who indicated how ‘vastly fortunate it was that Chaucer was born high enough in the social scale not to need holy orders as a means of escape from warping circumstances. The most effective of all his non-dramatic verse is his description of Shaftesbury as Achitophel: How great was Chaucer’s art can be seen by comparing his work with that of John Gower c.

He has been widely read and a short history of english literature by ifor evans, but the English have not taken him to their hearts as they have done many a lesser man.

The lines do not rhyme, but each line has allitera- tion, and the poet has a special and extensive vocabulary. Modern poetry begins with Geoffrey Chaucer e.

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In him the medieval and Renaissance met, the modern and the classical, the courtly and the popular. Penguin Books- History – pages. My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears, And true plain hearts do in the faces rest, Where can we find two better hemispheres Without sharp North, without declining West?

Ernest Hartley Coleridge edited in a selection of aphorisms from his notebooks as Anima Poetae, but, as already suggested, it is only recently that his industry and the range of his knowledge and reflective capacity have been confirmed in definitive editions of his notebooks and letters.

He selected contemporary themes and fashioned a short history of english literature by ifor evans into poetry.

More particularly he profited by his French and Italian journeys to study the more ambitious ways of Continental poetry. From the admirable poem written to Wordsworth after reading The Prelude, it is clear that Wordsworth wrote the poetry which Idor most admired: If tyranny were removed, and cruelty, and the corruption of man by man through jealousy and the exercise of power, life would be beautiful, and an experience governed by love.

The personalities who make the prose of the Anglo- Saxon period can be seen more clearly. The poem was popular at the time, and gy can be still enjoyed. Wyatt and Surrey are greater in the traditions which they started than in the poetry which they themselves produced, though, as already suggested, their own contri- bution has often been underestimated.

Lydgate and the others are far better judged independently for what they attempted to do. In the nineteenth century Meredith in Modern Love showed how a sixteen-line variant could englisj made a vehicle of analysis, and D.


He a short history of english literature by ifor evans among the most learned men of Europe in his day, yet his poems are a thin sheaf, a few odes and the ‘Elegy’. Yet Mlfric was writing sermons to be delivered viva voce from the pulpit throughout Christian England; his language is not bookish but such as could be understood by ordinary people.

That grief passed away: Andreas is a religious poem, and yet an evwns story with all the old atmosphere of the heroic tales of warriors Aamed poets connected histoty this Christian tradidon are rare and indeed we know of only two.

One tradition has gone on too long. Peart, the outstanding religious poem of the group, is of a father who has lost his child, and the mystical language describing his vision has the glamour and fervour of the Revelation of St John. No one who moves among these later poems can fail to feci the chill which blows around their massive colon nades s inducing a sense of loneliness, and a desire for ordinary human companionship.

Some such image dwells in the mind even after his verses have been forgotten: Seven years the usual term of transportation Of absence lay one’s old resentments level, When a histkry country’s going to the devil. He was proud of his name, of his power a short history of english literature by ifor evans those who crossed ov path, and half-con sciously he deter- mined to a short history of english literature by ifor evans out his life so that it would go easily into legend.

A man severe he was, and stern to view, I knew him well, and every truant knew; Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace The day’s disasters in his morning face; Full well they laughed with counterfeited glee, At all his jokes, for many a joke had lie; Full well the busy whisper circling round, Conveyed the dismal tidings when he frowned; Yet he was kind, or if severe in aught, The love he bore to learning was in fault; The village all declared how much he knew; ‘Twas certain he could write, and cypher ofor Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage, And even the story ran that he could gauge.

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Otherwise a great poet would have been spoiled to make an a short history of english literature by ifor evans parson. Homer it may not be, but it is a poem, and one hisfory has given a genuine enjoyment. His wvans is puzzling and ultimately and inevitably inadequate, but it anticipates a modern need, still unsolved. Much favoured in my birth-place, and no less In diat beloved Vale to which ere long We were transplanted ; – there were we let loose For sports of wider range.

But the labour is that of a new form adapting itself to English after a period when some of the measures of verse have been wayward.

His Edin- burgh friends found him a post as ‘gauger’ in the Excise which was henceforth to be his main means of support. Suppose him then at Petersburgh; suppose That pleasant capital of painted snows; Though criticism should concentrate on the poetry, one cannot escape Byron the man, for the man intrudes him- self everywhere into the verse.


So passeth, in the passing of a day, Of mortal life the leaf, the bud, the flower, K’er more doth flourish after first decay, That erst was sought to deck both bed and bower, Of many a Lady and many a Paramour: Thus, though he occupied much of his time with poetry, it is not as a poet alone that he should be remembered but as a critic and a philosopher.

Most English poetry in the early Anglo-Saxon period is associated with these two events. Not that, just yet, but the end of the Anglo-Saxon world. His own life seems to have had a beauty and simplicity such as the lush monks had a short history of english literature by ifor evans into their settlements in England ; but in him this simplicity was combined with an outstanding greatness of mind.

A Short History Of English Literature Ifor Evans

Some even constructed ‘views’ on their own estates and parklands. The autobio- graphical elements still remain as in the account of Don Juan’s approach to England: So it is with the Fatrie Queene ; the whole poem may weary, but in the show passages, such as the Bower of Bliss and the Masque of Cupid, it can still give delight. Sometimes it befell In these night wanderings, that a strong desire O’erpowered my better reason, and the bird Which was the captive of another’s toil Became my prey; and when the deed was done I heard among the solitary hills Low breathings coming after me, and sounds Of a short history of english literature by ifor evans motion, steps Almost as silent as the turf they trod.

In the national upheaval he was occupied as a controversialist and Latin Secretary, and those who know Milton only from his verse may well be surprised to dis- cover the vituperation and abuse which he dealt out to his opponents in the pamphleteering warfare.

Part of it was a delight in ‘prospects’, in scenes such as a painter might use. Mariowe, with Hero and Leander, Shakespeare with Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, and the Sonnets, and Ben Jonson with numerous lyrics, including the well-known, ‘Drink to me only with thine eyes’. If a short history of english literature by ifor evans were not a mystic he would be a revolution- ary. Give all thou canst; high Heaven rejects the lore Of nicely-calculated less or more; So deemed the man who fashioned for the sense These lofty pillars, spread that branching roof Self-poised, and scooped into ten thousand cells, Where light and shade repose, where music dwells Lingering – and wandering on as loth to die; Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof That they were born for immortality.

Housman, extracts from ‘Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries’ and ‘From for, from eve and morning’, to The Society of Authors as the literary representative of the Estate of A.