The Works of Solomon Gessner, 第 1 巻

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T. Cadell, junr. and W. Davies, 1802 - 280 ページ
 

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xvi ページ - He presents pastoral life to us, with all the embellishments of which it is susceptible ; but without any excess of refinement. What forms the chief merit of this poet is, that he Writes to the heart ; and has enriched the subject of his Idylls with incidents, which give rise to much tender sentiment.
viii ページ - Switzerland," gives a distinguished place to Gessner, though then alive. ' The private character of Gessner was in a high degree amiable and exemplary. As a husband, a father, and a friend, his virtues were equally conspicuous. His cast of mind was pensive, and even melancholy ; his manners genlle.
vi ページ - TJiree editions of it were published at Zurich in the course of a single year, and it was soon translated into all the European languages. In most of these it has gone through various editions ; and there are few of the productions of the century that has just elapsed, which have been so generally popular...
viii ページ - His cast of mind was pensive, and even melancholy ; his manners gentle.—In conversation he was mild and affable, and where the subject admitted of it, often highly animated, rising into great elevation of sentiment, .and beauty of expression. But in every part of his deportment, there was that unaffected sincerity, that simplicity and modesty, by which true genius is so generally distinguished. With qualities such as these, Gessner could not fail to be loved and respected; and uniting to taste...
ix ページ - ... was marked by cheerfulness and liveliness of temper, and a conduct truly amiable and exemplary. He was highly loved and respected, and uniting to taste and literature the talents requisite for active life, he was raised by the citizens of Zurich to the first offices in the republic. In 1765 he was called to the great council, and in 1767 to the lesser. In 1768 he was appointed bailiff of Eilibach ; and to other offices, all which lie filled with the greatest honour and fidelity.
vii ページ - In 1765 he published ten landscapes, etched and engraved by himself. Twelve other pieces of the same nature appeared in 1769 ; and he afterwards executed ornaments for many publications that issued from his press, among which were his own works, a translation into German of the works of Swift, and various others. The reputation which he acquired by his pencil, was scarcely inferior to that arising from his pen. He was reckoned among the best artists .of Germany ; And Mr. Fuessli, his countryman,...
iii ページ - ... beloved and esteemed, freely indulged him in his favourite studies and pursuits. ' In the twenty-second year of his age he made a tour through Germany, in part for the purpose of extending the connexions of •his house, but chiefly with a view to his own improvement. In the course of...
v ページ - Gessner to indulge his taste in rural poetry, and to give to the world his Idyls, in which, as he himself informs us, he took Theocritus for his model. The Idyls procured their author a high reputation throughout Switzerland and Germany. They were the principal and favourite objects of his attention, on which he exerted great taste and skill. They are described by himself...
xvi ページ - Poet, is, that he writes to the heart ; and has enriched the subject of his Idylls with incidents which give rise to much tender sentiment. Scenes of domestic felicity are beautifully painted. The mutual affection of husbands and wives, of parents and children, of brothers and sisters, as well as of lovers, are displayed in a pleasing and touching manner. From not understanding the language in which M. Gesner writes, I can be no judge of the Poetry of his Style : but, in the subject and conduct of...
xv ページ - But though he takes Theocritus as his model, unlike his other imitators, he has chosen his subjects for himself, and given to pastoral poetry a range, of which it was not before known to be susceptible...

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