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ZOPF UND SCHWERT.
LUSTSPIEL IN FÜNF AUFZÜGEN
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION,
ENGLISH NOTES, AND AN INDEX,
H. J. WOLSTENHOLME, B.A. (LOND.)
LECTURER IN GERMAN AT BEDFORD COLLEGE, LONDON,
AND NEWNHAM COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
London: CAMBRIDGE WAREHOUSE, 17, PATERNOSTER Row.
Cambridge: DEIGHTON, BELL, AND CO.
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It is a not uncommon practice among teachers of German to put classical works, including even the poetical drama, into the hands of their pupils at a very early stage. Whatever may be said for this practice on the ground of its tending to promote literary culture, it is still open to considerable objection. For those who are already exercised in the study of language, and to whom a modicum of discursive acquaintance with modern literature is only a pleasant addition to a classical education, such a procedure may be suitable enough. But in any real and systematic study of German, the less advanced stages-after the very earliest-must be chiefly occupied with that close analytical treatment of the language, in its word-composition and construction, its synonyms and idioms, which must precede any really appreciative study of the literature, and is indispensable to any mastery of the language for practical purposes. For this mode of treatment the works of modern authors are best adapted, and perhaps no species of composition offers greater advantages than the modern prose drama. In this