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By Scott Elledge, Donald Schier

The Continental version used to be first released in 1960. Minnesota Archive versions makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more available, and are released unaltered from the unique college of Minnesota Press editions.

The pervasive impression of seventeenth-century French feedback upon eighteenth-century English feedback makes it vital for college kids of English and comparative literature to be conversant in an important of the French works. Professors Elledge and Schier compile the following, in translation, the very best examples of the French essays. they've got selected really works that aren't differently to be had in translation.

Some of the translations are through contemporaries of the interval. those are of works by way of d'Aubignac, Saint-Evremond, Huet, Rapin, Le Bossu, Bouhours, l. a. Bruyere, and Fontenelle. different decisions were translated through Professor Schier, and those comprise works of Chapelain, Sarasin, Scudery, Corneille, Bouhours, and Fontenelle.

The editors offer short and pertinent touch upon each one author and his position in literary historical past. they've got additionally annotated the essays on the way to retailer time for the reader who encounters references to different literatures no longer instantly transparent to him. the amount as an entire offers a finished and balanced number of severe texts that have been recognized to, utilized by, and demanding of their impression upon writers akin to Dryden, Dennis, Addison, fast, Pope, and others.

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Now the pleasure of any reading may be divided into three kinds: when it comes from those events which are separate and plain, without arrangement; when it comes from descriptions alone, that is to say, when events are subordinated to descriptions; and when events and descriptions both produce pleasure by a judicious and moderate combination so that the one does not hinder the other and the events nevertheless appear to have the advantage. The first is an abuse in poetry and is not proper to it as much as to history; it occurs without the authority of any good ancient poet.

There is but good and bad luck in this world. If Aristotle were to come back and take it into his head to find the subject-matter of a poetics in Lancelot I am sure he would succeed just as well as with the Iliad and the Odyssey, and that his intelligence or his authority would easily overcome the inconveniences which he might encounter. " "But," said Monsieur Sarasin, "if you consider magic to be as plausible in poetic machinery as Homer's divinities, why did you rather make use in your Maid of angels and demons which are related to those divinities instead of magical operations which not only are established in the old romances but which Tasso himself introduced into his poem with so much success?

Considering all these things, I have been a hundred times astonished at what our chevalier has said and repeated to me, that he was not satisfied with the poem, and that if it were to be done over again he would give it a different form; but then I thought that in his case the greatness of his intelligence furnished him ideas which could not be arrived at by reasonable discourse, each idea being unknown 23 THE CONTINENTAL MODEL to all until he discovered it; and besides, since I could not come to any other conclusion, I thought that what he said was only to test me and to set me thinking, especially since until now I have not been able to conceive of anything which is opposed to this interpretation.

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