Shakspere His Inner Life As Intimated in His Works (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, 2017 - 540 pages
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But we must guard against the opposite error, that desir able results are obtainable by the mere study of technical rules of art, or the technical terms of philosophy. Only the prae tical working out of the laws within us, and the practical edifi cation of the moral reason by a perpetual exercise of its noble functions, in obedience to an enlightened conscience, and in harmony with an energetic will made strong by constant exer cise, can avail to produce those immortal works in which Taste and Genius combine. The authority of Reason must, in the severest manner, govern and prevail in the general purpose and the variety of detail. Imagination may astonish, and fancy dazzle; but to delight, they must confess their alle giance to natural and moral laws, any transgression of which impairs the beauty and lessens the influence of an art-product.

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