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My Wdidowed Sister,
WHO, FOR THE SAKE OF THE LIVING, HAS NOBLY BORNE HER SORROT
FOR THE DEAD,
PRINCIPLES OF LITERATURE.
Object, to assist and guide students—Necessity of systematic study
-Judicious criticism-True aims and principles of literature-
Choice of books—Its difficulties-Aim of this course of lectures
to remove them-All books not literature-Accurate definition
of literature - Its universality- Izaak Walton --Addison -
Charles Lamb-Lord Bacon-Clarendon-Arnold-Spenser and
Shakspeare--Southey and Wordsworth—Belles-lettres not li.
terature-Literature not an easy, patrician pleasure-Its danger
as to practical life-Its influence on character-De Quincey's
definition-Knowledge and power-Influence on female charac-
ter-True position of woman- -Tennyson's Princess-Novel-
reading-Taste, an incorrect term-Henry Taylor-Cowper
Miss Wordsworth_Coleridge's philosophy......
APPLICATION OF LITERARY PRINCIPLES.
Narrow and exclusive lines of reading to be avoided—Catholicity
of taste-Charles Lamb's idea of books—Ruskin-Habits of
reading comprehensive-Ancient Literature, Foroign Lan.
guages-Different eras of letters—English essay-writing-
Macaulay-Southey-Scott and Washington Irving-Archdean
con Hare-Lord Bacon's Essays-Poetic taste-Influence of
individual pursuits-Friends in Council–Serious and gay books
-English humour-Southey's ballad—Necessity of intellectual
discipline-Disadvantage of courses of reading-Books not
insulated things~ Authors who guide-Southey's Doctor-Elia
- Coleridge-Divisions of Prose and Poetry-Henry Taylor's
Notes from Books—Poetry not a mere luxury of the mind-
Arnold's habits of study and taste—The practical and poetical
element of Anglo-Saxon character-The Bible-Mosaic Poetry
-Inadequacy of language-Lockhart's character of Scott-Ar-
nold's character of Scipio—Tragic poetry-Poetry for children
-Robinson Crusoe and the Arabian Nights—Wordsworth’s Odo
'o Duty-Character of Washington......... ...........Page 54
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
Modium of ideas often forgotten-Witchery of English words—
Analysis of good style difficult—The power of words—Our duty
to the English language-Lord Bacon's idea of Latin-Milton-
Hume's expostulation with Gibbon-Daniel's Lament-Extel
sion of English language-French dominion in America-Lan-
dor's Penn and Peterborough-Duty of protecting and guarding
language-Degeneracy of language and morals—Age of Charles
II.-Language part of character-Arnold's Lectures on Modern
History–Use of disproportionate words—Origin of the English
language in the North-Classical and romantic languages-
Saxon element of our language--Its superiority—The Bible
idiom-Structure of sentences Prepositions at the end of most
vigorous sentences-Composite sentences, and the Latin element
-Alliteration-Grandeur of sentences in old writers—Modern
short sentences—Junius–Macaulay-No peculiar poetic diction
-Doctor Franklin's rules—Shakspeare's matchless words
Wordsworth's sonnet-Byron-Landor-Coleridge's Christabel
“The Song in the Mind"-Hood—The Bridge of Sighs....... 85
EARLY ENGLISH LITERATURE.
Early English prose and poetry-Sir John Mandeville—Sir Tho-
mas More's Life of Edward the Fifth-Chaucer's Tales-At-
tempted paraphrases—Chaucer Modernized—Conflict of Nor.
man and Saxon elements—Gower-Reign of Edward the Third-
Continental wars—Petrarch-Boccacio-Froissart-The church
-Wyclif-Arts and Architecture—Statutes in English-Chau-
cer resumed–His humour and pathos--Sense of natural beauty
-The Temple of Fame-Chaucer and Mr. Babbage-The flower
and the leaf-Canterbury Tales—Chaucer's high moral tone-
Wordsworth's stanza-Poet's corner and Chaucer's tomb The
death of a Language--English minstrelsy-Percy's Reliques
-Sir Walter Scott-Wilson-Christian hymns and chaunts-
Conversion of King Edwin-Martial ballads—Lockhart-
Spanish ballads-Ticknor's great work—Edom of Gordon-
Dramatic power of the ballad—The Two Brothers-Contrast of
early and late English poetry.......
LITERATURE OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY.
Nawn of letters a false illustration-Intellectual gloom from Ed-
ward III. to Henry VIII.-Chaucer to Spenser—Caxton and
the art of printing—Civil wars- -Wyatt and Surrey-The son-
net naturalized in English poetry—Blank verse—Henry VIII.
-Edward VI.-Landor's Sonnet-Sternhold and Hopkins-
Bishop Latimer-Goodwin Sands and Tenterden Steeple-
“Bloody Mary”-Sackville—“The Mirror of Magistrates”.
His career -Age of Elizabeth-Contrasts of her life-The
Church as an independent English power—Shakspeare-His
journey to London-Final formation of the English language
_"The well of English undefiled”—The Reformation-Sir
Philip Sydney—The Bishop's Bible-Richard Hooker-Spen-
ser and Shakspeare-Wilson's Criticism — Sir Walter Raleigh
LITERATURE OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, WITH INCIDENTAL
SUGGESTIONS ON SUNDAY READING.
Hooker's Ecclesiastical Polity-Progress of English literature-
Sir Walter Raleigh's History of the World-Bacon's Essays
Milton-Comus-Hymn on the Nativity-Suggestions as to