A Defence of Poesie and Poems

Cassell, 1909 - 192 ページ

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58 ページ - ... with a tale, forsooth; he cometh unto you, with a tale, which holdeth children from play and old men from the chimney-corner; and, pretending no more, doth intend the winning of the mind from wickedness to virtue ; even as the child is often brought to take most wholesome things by hiding them in such other as have a pleasant taste...
108 ページ - By and by we hear news of shipwreck in the same place, and then we are to blame if we accept it not for a rock. Upon the back of that comes out a hideous monster, with fire and smoke, and then the miserable beholders are bound to take it for a cave. While in the meantime two armies fly in, represented with four swords and bucklers, and then what hard heart will not receive it for a pitched field?
108 ページ - Now, of time they are much more liberal, for ordinary it is that two young princes fall in love. After many traverses, she is got with child, delivered of a fair boy, he is lost, groweth a man, falls in love, and is ready to get another child, and all this in two hours...
27 ページ - Her world is brazen, the poets only deliver a golden. But let those things alone and go to man, for whom as the other things are, so it seemeth in him her uttermost cunning is...
27 ページ - Neither let this be jestingly conceived, because the works of the one be essential, the other, in imitation or fiction ; for any understanding knoweth the skill of the artificer standeth in that idea or fore-conceit of the work, and not in the work itself.
71 ページ - I never heard the old song of Percy and Douglas that I found not my heart moved more than with a trumpet; and yet it is sung...
36 ページ - ... crooked heart ; then lo ! did proof, the overruler of opinions, make manifest that all these are but serving sciences, which, as they have a private end in themselves, so yet are they all directed to the highest end of the mistress knowledge, by the Greeks called ap\1TeKrov1K>i, which stands, as I think, in the knowledge of a man's self; in the ethic and politic consideration, with the end of well doing, and not of well knowing only...
109 ページ - Nuntius," to recount things done in former time, or other place. Lastly, if they will represent an history, they must not, as Horace saith, begin " ab ovo," but they must come to the principal point of that one action which they will represent. By example this will be best expressed ; I have a story of young Polydorus, delivered, for safety's sake, with great riches, by his father Priamus to Polymnestor, King of Thrace, in the Trojan war time.
83 ページ - What child is there that, coming to a play, and seeing Thebes written in great letters upon an old door, doth believe that it is Thebes?
57 ページ - Now therein of all sciences — I speak still of human, and according to the human conceit — is our poet the monarch. For he doth not only show the way, but giveth so sweet a prospect into -the way as will entice any man to enter int - it.