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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, Volume 1

Thomas Humphry Ward - 1893 - 650 pages
...the glorious class of the best. And there is no doub* what that something is. It is the ar.ovSaiArns, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...assigns as one of the grand virtues of poetry. The subs'ance of Chaucer's poetry, his view of things and his criticism of life, has largeness, freedom,...
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The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by ..., Volume 1

Matthew Arnold - English poetry - 1895 - 652 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubl what that something is. It is the a-nouSaiArtls, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...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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The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions

Thomas Humphry Ward - English poetry - 1895 - 650 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the o-iiovSaiori/s, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...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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The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by ..., Volume 1

Thomas Humphry Ward - English poetry - 1899 - 626 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the o-fiovSaioi-ijr, 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, Volume 1

Thomas Humphry Ward - English poetry - 1901 - 628 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the o-nouSa1oVijr, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...spirits 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 Works of Matthew Arnold, Volume 4

Matthew Arnold - 1903 - 404 pages
...glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the <nrovBai6rt]<;, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...Homer's criticism of life has it, Dante's has it, Shakspeare's has it. It is this chiefly which gives to our spirits what they can rest upon ; and with...
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Dante and the English Poets from Chaucer to Tennyson

Oscar Kuhns - Comparative literature - 1904 - 302 pages
...Ward's English Poets) he quotes from the supreme poets of the world examples of the - " a-irovSa1oTrfS, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle assigns as one of the grand virtues of poetry," lines which may serve as a touchstone by means of which we can test all poetry. "Take," says Mr. Arnold,...
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Essays in Criticism: Second series, Volume 1

Matthew Arnold - English poetry - 1905 - 354 pages
...class of the best. And ia -pp dmiKt. wtiaf- t.Viflt, qomfithi"g is. It 13 the an-ovSaioT'Ti';, thehigh and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle assigns...poetry, his view of things and his criticism of life, -- - - — — - . - — — ...... — •• " i has largeness, freedom, shrewdness, benignity; but...
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Specimens of Modern English Literary Criticism

William Tenney Brewster - English literature - 1907 - 424 pages
...placed in the glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the ?, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...spirits 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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Specimens of Modern English Literary Criticism

William Tenney Brewster - English literature - 1907 - 424 pages
...the glorious class of the best. And there is no doubt what that something is. It is the orrouScuonjs, the high and excellent seriousness, which Aristotle...spirits 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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