Canons of Renaissance poetry The Elizabethan era saw a great flourishing of literature, especially in the field of drama. The Italian Renaissance had rediscovered the ancient Greek and Roman theatre, and this was instrumental in the development of the new drama, which was then beginning to evolve apart from the old mystery and miracle plays of the Middle Ages.
The present final collection of his miscellaneous papers, originally written for, and printed in the American oonthly: Literary World, and other periodicals, is intended to inm elude such of the writer's papers chiefly of literary criticism as have appeared to him worthy of preselvation.
With the exception of a few comparatively recent articles, they were mostly written and printedand comprise a little more than one-half of his entire contributions to the press up to the present date.
Most of the papers here collected since the publication of The Analyst, anonymously inand which was made up of lucubrations written the year and a half previously have appeaared alreadty in the volumes of Literary Studies tnid L'ssays up. Holdin g the doctrine of Hazlitt, howeverh to be sound, that a first edition is as good as MSS.
The papers selected from The Analyst embracing nearly two-thirds of the original volume, are placed in the appendix.
In point of time, the earliest efforts of the writer and most of them brief after the classical models of Essay and Character-writing, they form a series of papers distinct from his later articles of a similar description.
The only two of his biographical sketches, which appeared to harmonize with the literary matter of which these volumes. Dates are affixed to certain of the essays and criticisms to; explain allusions and su-ggestions otherwise unseasonable, oir to exhibit a chronological excuse for change Moll flanders from innocence to maturity essay opinion.
The article on the Opera, if now written, would be much changed and also the Thoughts on Bulwer would be greatly modified despite the generous commendation of the North Amrerican Review, April, XNew York, MAarch h 2, After the enthusiasm of party feeling, or the excitement of novelty has gradually cooled down into a sober appreciation of real merit, frio a previous extravagant estimate of it —we begin to Iearn the true secret of excellence, to discriminate the peeuliar and characteristic traits of the author and award him the palm which shall continue fi'esh and green in the eyes of posterity.
Of many copious authors, how little is now generally read-a few versified translations, an ode, some satires, and a prose essay or two, with one play of Dryden; only two or three, out of the score of volumes that complete the edition of Swift.
Of Voltaire's three score, a few satirical tales and historical comnpends: These are illustrations at hand: Bunyan, Defoe and Butler are striking instances. For the gratification of personal amusement, or the curious eye of the dilig'ent antiquary, we might add a copious appendix of this sort, but such might not be so generally acceptable, as these occasional reflections illustrated by fewer examples.
The writers of the present century, this age of authors and books, will in all probability experience a very great diminution in the extent and character of their fame with the coming age. Countless volumes of fiction will soon be laid on the shelf for ever; whilst a class of writers, read by few and -whose names have not yet gone abroad into general esteem, will, we venture to predict, become classical, not only or so much from the capacity of their genius, as from its direction to the permanently classical forms of writing.
Except Scott a vast deal of whose writing, it has been confessed by more than one even cautious critic, cannot last what novelist will gain in fame, as the Critic and Essayist Hazlitt?
We have had, for more than a century, no humorist like Lamb; and Hunt treads closely upon the heels of Steele. Many authors too will become famous in spite of their elaborate attempts at avoiding fame: It is too didactic for the mass of readers, who, like children of ignorant people, must be entertained at the same time they are taught: Myself a reader and writer of Essays, I must confess to a special fondness for the very name; and I have contracted a feeling of affectionate interest for the essayist and critic, As I run my eye over the shelves of my small collection, I find few books it rests upon with such pleasure as upon the essayists, moral painters and historians of manners and fashions.
There are Bacon and Temple, and Cowley, with the admirable writers whose names are placed at the head of this paper. There too are Goldsmith and Shenstone and Mackenzie. Of the French, I especially cherish Rochefoucald and Labruydre-writers with more thinking in their maxims and sentences, than you find in whole pages of weaker writers.
Among quite recent instances, Carlyle and Macaulay in England; Guizot and Cousin though more scholastic than strictly belongs to general essayists in France: Indeed, the bes twriting of the present clay is to be found in periodical literature; though we have lost much in pure classicality and in certain traits of the essay, that have become merged in other forms of writing.
Thus, owing to the necessity of rapid and copious productions, inaccuracies are not so rare as they should be; and evident marksa of haste are to be found. The humorous painting of the Addisonian school has become the property of two or three capital novelists.
We have nowa-days no pictures of manners, merely in essays; and since Hazlitt, no prose satirist of decided ability has arisen.
Moral speculation and criticism; analysis of character, historical painting, satirical description, the peculiar characteristics of the Essay, have, for the most part, passed into other forms. Yet a taste for this kind of writing is retained by a circle, which is rapidly widening, and in consequence the demand has evidently increased for more of literature, of the pleasantest kind-for something brief, pointed and pithy-with somewhat of a practical bearing, and yet which is to be considered as valuable in a purely literary estimate of the matter.
A kind of Literature is needed for the busy man and the gentleman, as well as for the recluse scholar; a tone of fresh vigor, real knowledge of life, wide and original experience is requisite.
The authors of this must be men, scholars, and gentlemen. It is not by any means the most ambitious department of authorship, but, perhaps, next to fine poetry, it is the most stable; the staple is life and books: It is not exact or mechanical science, but the science of humnan, nature and the art of criticism not of books and of authors only, but of principles, and theories, and fashions, and contemporary manners.
It is strictly historical, though it contains little narrative, for it points out the sources of historical truth. It is experimental philosophy, though without any settled rules of art.
In brief, it is the kind of writing most particularly addressed to all, who, while they read, think and feel; and not to those who read to accumulate and display knowledge.The essay form makes it feasible to supplement the definition of a term with indications of its changes in meaning over time and of its diversity in current usage, in order to help readers to steer their way through the shifting references and submerged ambiguities of its literary applications.
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