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Old And New Masters - Chapter 27. Mr. Thomas Hardy Old And New Masters - Chapter 27. Mr. Thomas Hardy

Old And New Masters - Chapter 27. Mr. Thomas Hardy
CHAPTER XXVII. MR. THOMAS HARDY1. HIS GENIUS AS A POETMr. Thomas Hardy, in the opinion of some, is greater as a poet than as a novelist. That is one of the mild heresies in which the amateur of letters loves to indulge. It has about as much truth in it as the statement that Milton was greater as a controversialist than as a poet, or that Lamb's plays are better than his essays. Mr. Hardy has undoubtedly made an original contribution to the poetry of his time. But he has given us no verse that more than hints at the height... Essays - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 1869

Old And New Masters - Chapter 26. Mr. Rudyard Kipling Old And New Masters - Chapter 26. Mr. Rudyard Kipling

Old And New Masters - Chapter 26. Mr. Rudyard Kipling
CHAPTER XXVI. MR. RUDYARD KIPLING1. THE GOOD STORY-TELLERMr. Kipling is an author whom one has loved and hated a good deal. One has loved him as the eternal schoolboy revelling in smells and bad language and dangerous living. One has loved him less, but one has at least listened to him, as the knowing youth who could tell one all about the ladies of Simla. One has found him rather adorable as the favourite uncle with the funny animal stories. One has been amazed by his magnificent make-believe as he has told one about dim forgotten peoples that have disappeared under... Essays - Post by : aeyates - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 1860

Old And New Masters - Chapter 25. R. Joseph Conrad Old And New Masters - Chapter 25. R. Joseph Conrad

Old And New Masters - Chapter 25. R. Joseph Conrad
CHAPTER XXV. R. JOSEPH CONRAD1. THE MAKING OF AN AUTHORMr. Joseph Conrad is one of the strangest figures in literature. He has called himself "the most unliterary of writers." He did not even begin to write till he was half-way between thirty and forty. I do not like to be more precise about the date, because there seems to be some doubt as to the year in which Mr. Conrad was born. Mr. Hugh Walpole, in his brief critical study of Mr. Conrad, gives the date as the 6th of December, 1857; the _Encyclopaedia Britannica says 1856; Mr. Conrad himself declares... Essays - Post by : infinityrose - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 2625

Old And New Masters - Chapter 24. Mr. J.C. Squire Old And New Masters - Chapter 24. Mr. J.C. Squire

Old And New Masters - Chapter 24. Mr. J.C. Squire
CHAPTER XXIV. MR. J.C. SQUIREIt would not have been easy a few years ago to foresee the achievement of Mr. Squire as a poet. He laboured under the disadvantage of being also a wit. It used to be said of Ibsen that a Pegasus had once been shot under him, and one was alarmed lest the reverse of this was about to happen to Mr. Squire, and lest a writer who began in the gaiety of the comic spirit should end soberly astride Pegasus. When, in _Tricks of the Trade_, he announced that he was going to write no more parodies,... Essays - Post by : tkrimo - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 2471

Old And New Masters - Chapter 23. The Work Of T.M. Kettle Old And New Masters - Chapter 23. The Work Of T.M. Kettle

Old And New Masters - Chapter 23. The Work Of T.M. Kettle
CHAPTER XXIII. THE WORK OF T.M. KETTLETo have written books and to have died in battle has been a common enough fate in the last few years. But not many of the young men who have fallen in the war have left us with such a sense of perished genius as Lieutenant T.M. Kettle, who was killed at Ginchy. He was one of those men who have almost too many gifts to succeed. He had the gift of letters and the gift of politics; he was a mathematician, an economist, a barrister, and a philosopher; he was a Bohemian as well... Essays - Post by : Huwtest - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 1858

Old And New Masters - Chapter 22. Swinburne Old And New Masters - Chapter 22. Swinburne

Old And New Masters - Chapter 22. Swinburne
CHAPTER XXII. SWINBURNE1. THE EXOTIC BIRDSwinburne was an absurd character. He was a bird of showy strut and plumage. One could not but admire his glorious feathers; but, as soon as he began to moult--and he had already moulted excessively by the time Watts-Dunton took him under his roof--one saw how very little body there was underneath. Mr. Gosse in his biography compared Swinburne to a coloured and exotic bird--a "scarlet and azure macaw," to, be precise--and the comparison remains in one's imagination. Watts-Dunton, finding the poor creature moulted and "off its feed," carried it down to Putney, resolved to domesticate... Essays - Post by : Jack_Bastide - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 3023

Old And New Masters - Chapter 21. Mr. Cunninghame Graham Old And New Masters - Chapter 21. Mr. Cunninghame Graham

Old And New Masters - Chapter 21. Mr. Cunninghame Graham
CHAPTER XXI. MR. CUNNINGHAME GRAHAMMr. Cunninghame Graham is a grandee of contemporary literature. He is also a grandee of revolutionary politics. Both in literature and in politics he is a figure of challenge for the love of challenge more than any other man now writing. Other men challenge us with Utopias, with moral laws and so forth. But Mr. Graham has little of the prophet or the moralist about him. He expresses himself better in terms of his hostilities than in terms of visionary cities and moralities such as Plato and Shelley and Mazzini have built for us out of light... Essays - Post by : peter2002 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 3103

Old And New Masters - Chapter 20. Lady Gregory Old And New Masters - Chapter 20. Lady Gregory

Old And New Masters - Chapter 20. Lady Gregory
CHAPTER XX. LADY GREGORYIt was Mr. Bernard Shaw who, in commenting on the rowdy reception of the Irish players in some American theatres, spoke of Lady Gregory as "the greatest living Irishwoman." She is certainly a remarkable enough writer to put a generous critic a little off his balance. Equal mistress in comedy and tragedy, essayist, gatherer of the humours of folk-lore, imaginative translator of heroic literature, venturesome translator of Moliere, she has contributed a greater variety of grotesque and beautiful things to Anglo-Irish literature than any of her contemporaries.She owes her chief fame, perhaps, to the way in which, along... Essays - Post by : johnb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 2711

Old And New Masters - Chapter 19. Tchehov: The Perfect Story-Teller Old And New Masters - Chapter 19. Tchehov: The Perfect Story-Teller

Old And New Masters - Chapter 19. Tchehov: The Perfect Story-Teller
CHAPTER XIX. TCHEHOV: THE PERFECT STORY-TELLERIt is the custom when praising a Russian writer to do so at the expense of all other Russian writers. It is as though most of us were monotheists in our devotion to authors, and could not endure to see any respect paid to the rivals of the god of the moment. And so one year Tolstoy is laid prone as Dagon, and, another year, Turgenev. And, no doubt, the day will come when Dostoevsky will fall from his huge eminence.Perhaps the luckiest of all the Russian authors in this respect is Tchehov. He is so... Essays - Post by : a5508902 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 3515

Old And New Masters - Chapter 18. Mr. W.B. Yeats Old And New Masters - Chapter 18. Mr. W.B. Yeats

Old And New Masters - Chapter 18. Mr. W.B. Yeats
CHAPTER XVIII. MR. W.B. YEATS1. HIS OWN ACCOUNT OF HIMSELFMr. W.B. Yeats has created, if not a new world, a new star. He is not a reporter of life as it is, to the extent that Shakespeare or Browning is. One is not quite certain that his kingdom is of the green earth. He is like a man who has seen the earth not directly but in a crystal. He has a vision of real things, but in unreal circumstances. His poetry repels many people at first because it is unlike any other poetry. They are suspicious of it as of... Essays - Post by : kdmpublishing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 1406

Old And New Masters - Chapter 17. Mr. Masefield's Secret Old And New Masters - Chapter 17. Mr. Masefield's Secret

Old And New Masters - Chapter 17. Mr. Masefield's Secret
CHAPTER XVII. MR. MASEFIELD'S SECRETMr. Masefield, as a poet, has the secret of popularity. Has he also the secret of poetry? I confess his poems often seem to me to invite the admirably just verdict which Jeffrey delivered on Wordsworth's _Excursion_: "This will never do." We miss in his lines the onward march of poetry. His individual phrases carry no cargoes of wonder. His art is not of the triumphant order that lifts us off our feet. As we read the first half of his narrative sea-poem, _Dauber_, we are again and again moved to impatience by the sheer literary left-handedness... Essays - Post by : coease - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 3377

Old And New Masters - Chapter 16. Mr. Bernard Shaw Old And New Masters - Chapter 16. Mr. Bernard Shaw

Old And New Masters - Chapter 16. Mr. Bernard Shaw
CHAPTER XVI. MR. BERNARD SHAWMr. Shaw came for a short time recently to be regarded less as an author than as an incident in the European War. In the opinion of many people, it seemed as if the Allies were fighting against a combination composed of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Mr. Shaw. Mr. Shaw's gift of infuriating people is unfailing. He is one of those rare public men who can hardly express an opinion on potato-culture--and he does express an opinion on everything--without making a multitude of people shake their fists in impotent anger. His life--at least, his public life--has been... Essays - Post by : nar321 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 2743

Old And New Masters - Chapter 15. Rossetti And Ritual Old And New Masters - Chapter 15. Rossetti And Ritual

Old And New Masters - Chapter 15. Rossetti And Ritual
CHAPTER XV. ROSSETTI AND RITUALRossetti's great gift to his time was the gift of beauty, of beauty to be worshipped in the sacred hush of a temple. His work is not richer in the essentials of beauty than Browning's--it is not, indeed, nearly so rich; but, while Browning served beauty joyously, a god in a firmament of gods, Rossetti burned a lonely candle to it as to the only true god. To Browning, the temple of beauty was but a house in a living world; to Rossetti, the world outside the temple was, for the most part, a dead world. _Jenny... Essays - Post by : emailpro - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 3477

Old And New Masters - Chapter 14. 'The Prince Of French Poets' Old And New Masters - Chapter 14. "The Prince Of French Poets"

Old And New Masters - Chapter 14. 'The Prince Of French Poets'
CHAPTER XIV. "THE PRINCE OF FRENCH POETS"It is difficult nowadays to conceive that, within half a century of his death, Ronsard's fame suffered so dark an eclipse that no new edition of his works was called for between 1629 and 1857. When he died, he was, as M. Jusserand reminds us, the most illustrious man of letters in Europe. He seemed, too, to have all those gifts of charm--charm of mood and music--which make immortality certain. And yet, in the rule-of-thumb ages that were to follow, he sank into such disesteem in his own country that Boileau had not a good... Essays - Post by : malistor - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 1181

Old And New Masters - Chapter 13. The Madness Of Strindberg Old And New Masters - Chapter 13. The Madness Of Strindberg

Old And New Masters - Chapter 13. The Madness Of Strindberg
CHAPTER XIII. THE MADNESS OF STRINDBERGThe mirror that Strindberg held up to Nature was a cracked one. It was cracked in a double sense--it was crazy. It gave back broken images of a world which it made look like the chaos of a lunatic dream. Miss Lind-af-Hageby, in her popular biography of Strindberg, is too intent upon saying what can be said in his defence to make a serious attempt to analyse the secret of genius which is implicit in those "115 plays, novels, collections of stories, essays, and poems" which will be gathered into the complete edition of his works... Essays - Post by : akmarket - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 662

Old And New Masters - Chapter 12. Turgenev Old And New Masters - Chapter 12. Turgenev

Old And New Masters - Chapter 12. Turgenev
CHAPTER XII. TURGENEVMr. Edward Garnett has recently collected his prefaces to the novels and stories of Turgenev, and refashioned them into a book in praise of the genius of the most charming of Russian authors. I am afraid the word "charming" has lost so much of its stamp and brightness with use as to have become almost meaningless. But we apply it to Turgenev in its fullest sense. We call him charming as Pater called Athens charming. He is one of those authors whose books we love because they reveal a personality sensitive, affectionate, pitiful. There are some persons who, when... Essays - Post by : dustyg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 1070

Old And New Masters - Chapter 11. James Elroy Flecker Old And New Masters - Chapter 11. James Elroy Flecker

Old And New Masters - Chapter 11. James Elroy Flecker
CHAPTER XI. JAMES ELROY FLECKERJames Elroy Flecker died in January 1915, having added at least one poem to the perfect anthology of English verse. Probably his work contains a good deal that is permanent besides this. But one is confident at least of the permanence of _The Old Ships_. Readers coming a thousand years hence upon the beauty, the romance and the colour of this poem will turn eagerly, one imagines, in search of other work from the same pen. This was the flower of the poet's genius. It was the exultant and original speech of one who was in a... Essays - Post by : clickit - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 764

Old And New Masters - Chapter 10. Pope Old And New Masters - Chapter 10. Pope

Old And New Masters - Chapter 10. Pope
CHAPTER X. POPEPope is a poet whose very admirers belittle him. Mr. Saintsbury, for instance, even in the moment of inciting us to read him, observes that "it would be scarcely rash to say that there is not an original thought, sentiment, image, or example of any of the other categories of poetic substance to be found in the half a hundred thousand verses of Pope." And he has still less to say in favour of Pope as a man. He denounces him for "rascality" and goes on with characteristic irresponsibility to suggest that "perhaps ... there is a natural connection... Essays - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 2703

Old And New Masters - Chapter 9. Villon: The Genius Of The Tavern Old And New Masters - Chapter 9. Villon: The Genius Of The Tavern

Old And New Masters - Chapter 9. Villon: The Genius Of The Tavern
CHAPTER IX. VILLON: THE GENIUS OF THE TAVERNIt is to Stevenson's credit that he was rather sorry that he had ever written his essay on Villon. He explains that this was due to the fact that he "regarded Villon as a bad fellow," but one likes to think that his conscience was also a little troubled because through lack of sympathy he had failed to paint a just portrait of a man of genius. Villon was a bad fellow enough in all conscience. He was not so bad, however, as Stevenson made him out. He was, no doubt, a thief; he... Essays - Post by : cormad - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 2650

Old And New Masters - Chapter 8. The Fame Of J.M. Synge Old And New Masters - Chapter 8. The Fame Of J.M. Synge

Old And New Masters - Chapter 8. The Fame Of J.M. Synge
CHAPTER VIII. THE FAME OF J.M. SYNGEThe most masterly piece of literary advertising in modern times was surely Mr. Yeats's enforcement of Synge upon the coteries--or the choruses--as a writer in the great tradition of Homer and Shakespeare. So successful has Mr. Yeats been, indeed, in the exaltation of his friend, that people are in danger of forgetting that it is Mr. Yeats himself, and not Synge, who is the ruling figure in modern Irish literature. One does not criticize Mr. Yeats for this. During the Synge controversy he was a man raising his voice in the heat of battle--a man,... Essays - Post by : Eric_McCrea - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert Lynd - Read : 2808