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Essays : speculative and suggestive

Symonds, John Addington, 1840-1893.

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London : Chapman and Hall, 1893.


New ed.

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x, 444 pages ; 23 cm


Some, but not all, the essays are reprinted from various sources

Also published New York : Scribner's, 1894.


v. 1. The philosophy of evolution. On the application of evolutionary principles to art and literature. On some principles of criticism. The provinces of the several arts. On the relation of art to science and morality. Realism and idealism. The model. Beauty, composition, expression, characterisation. Caricature, the fantastic, the grotesque. Notes on style: History and usage of the word; National style.-v. 2. Notes on style: Personal style; The art of style. Democratic art, with special reference to Walt Whitman. Landscape. Nature myths and allegories. Is poetry at bottom a criticism of life? A review of Matthew Arnold's selection from Wordsworth. Is music the type or measure of all art? The pathos of the rose in poetry. A comparison of Elizabethan with Victorian poetry. Appendix

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