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" It is the spoudaiotes, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle assigns as one of the grand virtues of poetry. The substance of Chaucer's poetry, his view of things and his criticism of life, has largeness, freedom, shrewdness, benignity; but... "
Essays in Criticism: Second Series - Page 31
by Matthew Arnold - 1888 - 331 pages
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The English Poets: Chaucer to Donne

Thomas Humphry Ward - English poetry - 1880 - 634 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the o-nouSauirTjr, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...what they can rest upon ; and with the increasing demands of our modern ages upon poetry, this virtue of giving us what we can rest upon will be more...
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The Library Magazine of Select Foreign Literature, Volume 4

1880 - 402 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the <Tsrowto«fr)7S, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...what they can rest upon ; and with the increasing demands of our modern ages upon poetry, this virtue of giving us what wo can rest upon will be more...
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Chaucer to Donne

Thomas Humphry Ward - English poetry - 1880 - 632 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the ,rnou8atoT1)s, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...what they can rest upon ; and with the increasing demands of our modern ages upon poetry, this virtue of giving us what we can rest upon will be more...
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Choice Literature, Volume 4

Choice literature - 1880 - 404 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the axovriaifciis, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...what they can rest upon ; and with the increasing demands of our modern ages upon poetry, this virtue of giving us what wo can rest upon will be more...
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The English poets, selections, ed. by T.H. Ward. Chaucer to Donne

Thomas Humphry Ward - 1880 - 628 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the arnovSainTrjs, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...what they can rest upon ; and with the increasing demands of our modern ages upon poetry, this virtue of giving us what we can rest upon will be more...
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The English Poets: Chaucer to Donne

Thomas Humphry Ward - English poetry - 1880 - 610 pages
...of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the <n»ou8morr;£, the high arid excellent seriousness, which Aristotle assigns as...•what they can rest upon ; and with the increasing demands of our modern ages upon poetry, this virtue of giving us what we can rest upon will be more...
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The Genius and Character of Emerson: Lectures at the Concord School of ...

Concord School of Philosophy - 1884 - 488 pages
...the glorious class of the best ; and there is no doubt what that something is. It is the earnestness, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle assigns as one of the grand virtues of poetry. Chaucer's view of things and his criticism of life has largeness, freedom, benignity ; but it has not...
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The Liberal Movement in English Literature

William John Courthope - English literature - 1885 - 284 pages
...examination. But Chaucer and Burns ? These are not quite up to the mark. They want ' the oB-ou8a<o'r»)s, the high and excellent seriousness which Aristotle assigns as one of the grand virtues of poetry.' As for Dryden and Pope, ' though they may write in verse, though they may in a certain sense be masters...
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The English Poets: Chaucer to Donne

Thomas Humphry Ward - English poetry - 1889 - 628 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the <rnou8<uor>if, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...freedom, shrewdness, benignity; but it has not this higli seiiousness. Homer's criticism of life has it, Dante's has it, Shakespeare's has it. It is this...
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The English Poets: Chaucer to Donne

Thomas Humphry Ward - English poetry - 1889 - 632 pages
...that something is. It is the o-nouSmornt, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle assign* as one of the grand virtues of poetry. The substance...freedom, shrewdness, benignity; but it has not this high seiiousness. Homer's criticism of life has it, Dante's has it, Shakespeare's has it. It is this chiefly...
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