Walter Horatio Pater English essayist, novelist, and fictional portrait writer. Considered one of the greatest English critics of the nineteenth century, Pater was a major proponent of aestheticism who helped to make Renaissance art appreciated in his era. His Sensations and IdeasPater is both an original stylist and a highly perceptive critic who notes things others do not.
Such an anthology, the compass and variety of our prose literature being considered, might well follow exclusively some special line of interest in it; exhibiting, for instance, what is so obviously striking, its imaginative power, or its legitimately poetic beauty, or again, its philosophical capacity.
Saintsbury's well-considered Specimens of English Prose Style, from Malory to Macaulay Kegan Paula volume, as we think, which bears fresh witness to the truth of the old remark that it takes a scholar indeed to make a good literary selection, has its motive sufficiently indicated in the very original "introductory essay," which might well stand, along with the best of these extracts from a hundred or more deceased masters of English, as itself a document or standard, in the matter of prose style.
The essential difference between poetry and prose—"that other beauty of prose"—in the words of the Walter horatio pater essays he has chosen from Dryden, the first master of the sort of prose he prefers: It is a consideration, undoubtedly, of great importance both for the writer and the critic; in England especially, where, although as Mr.
Saintsbury rightly points out, in correction of an imperfectly informed French critic of our literature the radical distinction between poetry and prose has ever been recognized by its students, yet the imaginative impulse, which is perhaps the richest of our purely intellectual gifts, has been apt to invade the province of that tact and good judgment, alike as to matter and manner, in which we are not richer than other people.
Great poetry and great prose, it might be found, have most of their qualities in common. But their indispensable qualities are different, or even opposed; and it is just the indispensable qualities of prose and poetry respectively, which it is so necessary for those who have to do with either to bear ever in mind.
Order, precision, directness, are the radical merits of prose thought; and it is more than merely legitimate that they should form the criterion of prose style, because within the scope of those qualities, according to Mr.
Saintsbury, there is more than just the quiet, unpretending usefulness of the bare sermo pedestris. Acting on language, those qualities generate a specific and unique beauty—"that other beauty of prose"—fitly illustrated by these specimens, which the reader needs hardly be told, after what has been now said, are far from being a collection of "purple patches.
Saintsbury has made to give technical rules of metre for the production of the true prose rhythm. Any one who cares to do so might test the validity of those rules in the nearest possible way, by applying them to the varied examples in this wide survey of what has been actually well done in English prose, here exhibited on the side of their strictly prosaic merit—their conformity, before all other aims, to laws of a structure primarily reasonable.
Not that that reasonable prose structure, or architecture, as Mr. Saintsbury conceives it, has been always, or even generally, the ideal, even of those chosen writers here in evidence. Elizabethan prose, all too chaotic in the beauty and force which overflowed into it from Elizabethan poetry, and incorrect with an incorrectness which leaves it scarcely legitimate prose at all:Recommended: 10th, 11th, 12th.
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Course Description: Students will receive an overview of British literature from early Anglo-Saxon to r-bridal.comry study will be infused with . A succinct overview of Pater’s life and the major trends of his work, Brake opens with a biographical chronology and a survey of his life and career.
She continues by focusing on Pater’s favored literary forms, articles, essays, short stories, lectures that were published as contributions to.
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Walter Pater, in full Walter Horatio Pater, (born August 4, , Shadwell, London, England—died July 30, , Oxford, Oxfordshire), English critic, essayist, and humanist whose advocacy of “art for art’s sake” became a cardinal doctrine of the movement known as Aestheticism.
Pater was. Walter Horatio Pater (4 August – 30 July ) was an English essayist, literary and art critic, and fiction writer, regarded as one of the great stylists.
His works on Renaissance subjects were popular but controversial, reflecting . This webpage is for Dr. Wheeler's literature students, and it offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical China, classical Rome, classical Greece, the Bible as Literature, medieval literature, Renaissance literature, and genre studies.