Über dieses Buch
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