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I. Formation and character of Feudalism.
The Normans are French-How they became so-Their taste and architecture
Their tactics and their success..
ideas-Psychological form of French genius-Prosaic histories ; lack of
nature of the beauty and of the ideas which the French have introduced...
literature and language-They forget the same-Learn English by degrees
-Gradually English becomes gallicised...
books, and works of art–Need of excitement-Analogies of architecture and
Wherein Chaucer is French-Satirical and jovial poems-Canterbury Tales The
Wife of Bath and marriage -The mendicant friar and religion-Buffoorery,
waggery, and coarseness in the middle age...
Eyck and Chaucer contemporary-Prologue to Canterbury Tales-Portraits
-How he is isolated in his age.....
scholastic philosophy-Why poetry failed—Comparison of civilization and
1 Why the ideal changes- Improvement of the state of man in Europe-In England
--Peace-Industry-Commerce-Pasturage-Agriculture-Growth of public
pageantries-Celebrations under Elizabeth- Masques under James I......
individual character-His serious and melancholy poems-His conception of
Pastoral poetry: The great number of poets-Spirit and force of the poetry-State
of mind which produces it-Love of the country-Reappearance of the ancient
- How the transformation of the people transforms art.....
love and beauty-Copiousness of his imagination - How far it was suited for
VII. The Faërie Queene- Impossible events-How they appear natural-Belphæbe and
Chrysogone-Fairy and gigantic pictures and landscapes-Why they must be so
1 Limit of the poetry-Changes in society and manners-How the return to naturo
becomes an appeal to the senses-Corresponding changes in poetry--How agree
-Carew, Suckling, Herrick - Affectation - Quarles, Herbert, Babington,
Donne, Cowley-Begininng of the classic style and drawing-room life..
Hew poetry passed into prose-Connection of science and art-In Italy-In
England-How the triumph of nature develops the exercise of the natural reason
represent the individual, not the idea..
Robert Burton-His life and character-Vastness and confusion of his acquirements
-His subject, the Anatomy of Melancholy-Scholastic divisions-Medley of
Hydriotaphia, Religio Medici-His ideas, curiosity, and doubts belong to the
the public mind..
style-Comparisons and aphorisms—The Essays---His style not argumentative,
V. Formation of this drama-The process and character of this art-Imitative
sympathy, which depicts by expressive examples-Contrast of classical and
V. Limits of his talent-Wherein he is inferior to Molière-Want of higher poilusophy
and comic gayety-His imagination and fancy-The Staple of News and
- His smaller poems-His masques—Theatrical and picturesque manners of
the court-The Sad Shepherd-How Jonso: remains a poet to his death...... 20%
style-Images-Excesses-Incongruities–Copiousness Difference between the
creative and analytic conception..
III. Manners-Familiar intercourse-Violent bearing—Harsh language Conversation
and action-Agreement of manners and style.
Cloten, Polonius, the Nurse - How the mechanical imagination can precede
or survive reason..
Beatrice, Rosalind, Benedict, the clowns-Falstaff..
Volumnia-How Shakspeare represents love-Why he bases virtue
instinct or passion....
patra, Coriolanus, Macbeth, Hamlet-Comparison of Shakspeare's psychol-
ogy with that of the French tragic authors...
1. Vices of the pagan Renaissance-Decay of the Southern civilizations......
The Anglicans-Close connection between religion and society --How the religious
sentiment penetrates literature-How the sentiment of the beautiful subsists in
11. Effects of a concentrated and solitary character-Austerity-Inexperience
and virtue-Old age, occupations, person...
n. Milton as a poet-How he approaches and is distinct from the poets of the Renais-
sance How he gives poetry a moral tone-Profane poems--L'Allegro and 1!
II. Dawn of the classic spirit in Europe--Its origin-Its nature-Difference of conver-
sation under Elizabeth and Charles II..
VI. The comic-authors-Comparison of this theatre with that of Molière-Arrange-
ment of ideas in Molière-General ideas in Molière-How in Molière the odicus
VIII. Natural characters-Sir John Brute, the husband ; Squire Sullen-Sir Tunbelly,
the father-Miss Høyden, the young lady-Squire Humphry, the young