"[...]charged with discursive thought than his. But he is, at the same time, the most spiritual and transcendental of poets, the "subtlest assertor of the Soul in Song." His thought is never an end to itself, but is always subservient to an ulterior spiritual end-always directed towards "a presentment of the correspondency of the universe to Deity ...Read More"[...]charged with discursive thought than his. But he is, at the same time, the most spiritual and transcendental of poets, the "subtlest assertor of the Soul in Song." His thought is never an end to itself, but is always subservient to an ulterior spiritual end-always directed towards "a presentment of the correspondency of the universe to Deity, of the natural to the spiritual, and of the actual to the ideal"; and it is all-important that students should be awakened, and made, as far as possible, responsive to this spiritual end. The sections of the Introduction on Personality and Art were read before the Browning Society of London, in June, 1882. I have seen no reason for changing or modifying, in any respect, the views therein expressed. The idea of personality as a quickening, regenerating power, and the idea of art as an intermediate agency of personality, are, perhaps, the most reiterated (implicitly, not explicitly) in Browning's poetry, and lead up to the dominant idea of Christianity, the idea of a Divine Personality; the idea that the soul, to use an expression from his earliest poem, Pauline', must "rest beneath some better [...]."Read Less
Good. No dust jacket as issued. Highlighting/underlining. Not Library, Not Remainder. Signed by Helen Campbell (author? , 1839-1918) 392pp COLLECTIBLE. Good Condition HARD COVER. Written by Hiram Corson, published by D.C. Heath & Company, Boston, MA, 1886, stated third edition, 392pp. Not Library, Not Remainder. Signed on the front endpaper by prior owner Helen Campbell, 19th century author(? ) 1839-1918 (aka: Helen Weeks, Helen Stuart Campbell). Signature cannot be authenticated. The frontis consists of a portrait of Browning given to the author one month before Browning s death and also includes a reproduced letter from Browning to Corson. The text has scattered underlines and marginal notes. There is a small edge tear on page iii and another tear on page 280, otherwise there is no foxing, folds or stains. The binding is tight and the spine is solid. No dust jacket was issued. The cover is dark-blue cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering on the spine. The cover has moderate shelf/edgewear including light edge scuffs and gentle bumping of the spine and corners. Good book. ISBN: None. LCCN: None. Non-fiction; Literature; poets; poetry; English Poetry; Chaucer; Tennyson; personality in poetry; verse; poems; literary criticism; Browning Society; London; Britain
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