W. H. Hudson Poetry and Life Series

ISBN 13: 9781236680365

Poetry and Life Series

9781236680365: Poetry and Life Series
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... enough to withhold from publicity. Such discretion would certainly have been characteristic. It seems, indeed, that he wrote other verses at Oxford besides " Cromwell." " Here, too, our shepherd-pipes we first assay'd," he says in " Thyrsis." But before he thought fit to publish a book he was full-fledged with all his virtues. Technically he never did better work than " Mycerinus " or "The Forsaken Merman." He never put deeper thought into any poem than he did into " Resignation." Besides the title-piece, several of the poems already quoted or alluded to were in this book. " A Memory-Picture " appeared under its original name, and it also contained the sonnets "To a Friend," "To a Republican Friend," "Quiet Work"; together with some other sonnets, including the famous " Shakespeare." SHAKESPEARE Others abide our question. Thou art free. We ask and ask: Thou smilest and art still, Out-topping knowledge. For the loftiest hill That to the stars uncrowns his majesty, Planting his stedfast footsteps in the sea, Making the Heaven of Heavens his dwelling-place, Spares but the cloudy border of his base To the foil'd searching of mortality: And thou, who didst the stars and sunbeams know, Self-school'd, self-scann'd, self-honour'd, self-secure, Didst walk on Earth unguess'd at. Better so 1 All pains the immortal spirit must endure, Ali weakness that impairs, all griefs that bow, Find their sole voice in that victorious brow. The tenth line is neither good criticism nor particularly good poetry; nor does the whole tally with Arnold's estimate of Shakespeare as expressed in prose--which, indeed, like his views on a good many things that Englishmen treasure, was too qualified for the majority of Englishmen to stomach. Such considerations, alien as they may...

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