History of Spanish Literature, Količina 2

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Harper and Brothers, 1849
 

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Stran 106 - ... exulting in his success as an achievement of no small moment. And such, in fact, it was, for we have abundant proof that the fanaticism for these romances was so great in Spain, during the sixteenth century, as to have become matter of alarm to the more judicious....
Stran 209 - The best in this kind are but shadows ; and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them.
Stran 119 - ... with all its unquenchable and irresistible humor, with its bright views of the world, and its cheerful trust in goodness and virtue — it was written in his old age, at the conclusion of a life nearly every step of which had been marked with disappointed expectations, disheartening struggles and sore calamities ; that he began it in a prison, and that it was finished when he felt the hand of death pressing heavy and cold upon his heart. If this be remembered as we read, we may feel, as we ought...
Stran 108 - But that he did there is uo question. No book of chivalry was written after the appearance of Don Quixote in 1605 ; and from the same date, even those already enjoying the greatest favor ceased, with one or two unimportant exceptions, to be reprinted ; so that, from that time to the present, they have been constantly disappearing, until they are now among the rarest of literary curiosities...
Stran 249 - ... their character, co-operating with the peculiar and most stimulating influences of their early history. We close our remarks on Lope de Vega with some excellent reflections of our author on the rapidity of his composition, and showing to what extent his genius was reverenced by his contemporaries : " Lope de Vega's immediate success, as we have seen, was in proportion to his rare powers and favorable opportunities.
Stran 119 - ... whole of his Don Quixote, we should, as we read it, bear in mind, that this delightful romance was not the result of a youthful exuberance of feeling and a happy external condition, nor composed in...
Stran 50 - How shall those eyes now find repose That turn, in vain, thy smile to see? What can they hear save mortal woes, Who lose thy voice's melody ? " And who shall lay his tranquil hand Upon the troubled ocean's might ? Who bush the wind by his command?
Stran 147 - O, hush, then, and keep Your branches all still, — My babe is asleep! Cold blasts wheel about him, — A rigorous storm, — And ye see how, in vain, I would shelter his form; — Holy angels and blest, As above me ye sweep, Hold these branches at rest, — My babe is asleep!
Stran 402 - Angela, or heroic forms like those of Tuzani, Mariamne, and Don Ferdinand, then he has reached the highest point he ever attained, or ever proposed to himself; he has set before us the grand show of an idealized drama, resting on the purest and noblest elements of the Spanish national character, and one which, with all its unquestionable defects, is to be placed among the extraordinary phenomena of modern poetry.
Stran 109 - ... in his interpretations of it. These two sally forth from their native village in search of adventures, of which the excited imagination of the knight, turning windmills into giants, solitary inns into castles, and galley-slaves into oppressed gentlemen, finds abundance wherever he goes ; while the esquire translates them all into the plain prose of truth with an admirable simplicity, quite unconscious of its own...

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