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By G. M. Kirkwood

The reader will locate in bankruptcy I an outline of the association and function of this ebook. the following i would like purely say a number of phrases of clarification and discharge the friendly and demanding accountability of acknowledging help.
The ebook is principally a philological research of yes features of Sophocles’ performs and is intended for the eye of these who're themselves engaged within the examine of the performs. yet in view that, except the bankruptcy on diction, i've got frequently given quotations in translation, the ebook might be usable via those that learn Sophocles in translation purely. My line references and quotations persist with the Oxford Classical textual content of A. C. Pearson.

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His reason for doing so here is evident enough. ' may have been written after most of the essays included in the collection (1901), but in so far as it describes the transformation of its author's rather naive early opinions into a mature outlook, it provides a suitable perspective for what follows. Yeats began his artistic career with the assumption that 'all good literatures were popular' and 'coteries' and their kind of laborious writing were bad. What mattered was to 'write without care' for 'a gusty energy ...

May have been written after most of the essays included in the collection (1901), but in so far as it describes the transformation of its author's rather naive early opinions into a mature outlook, it provides a suitable perspective for what follows. Yeats began his artistic career with the assumption that 'all good literatures were popular' and 'coteries' and their kind of laborious writing were bad. What mattered was to 'write without care' for 'a gusty energy ... would put all straight if it came out of the right heart'.

193). 22 THE POET AS CRITIC As he declared in an impassioned rejoinder to his school friend, John Eglinton, in the late nineties: I believe that the renewal of belief which is the great movement of our time, will more and more liberate the arts from 'their age' and from life, and leave them more and more free to lose themselves in beauty, and to busy themselves, like all the great poetry of the past and like religions of all times, with 'old faiths, myths, dreams,' the accumulated beauty of the age.

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