English in American Universities (Classic Reprint)

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The methods employed by our schools in the teaching of English literature have, for some years past, been in a transition stage, exhibiting a strong tendency towards more enlightened ways of dealing with this vastly important subject. The fermentation is of the healthful type, and a fairly clarified product may not unreasonably be expected to result. When Matthew Arnold declared the future of poetry to be immense, he expressed a truth whose full significance may be realized only upon considerable reflection, and the assumption of a broadly philosophical standpoint from which to view the coming conquests of culture. The same idea was expressed, with something of humorous exaggeration, by the author of The New Republic, who attributed to John Stuart Mill the opinion that "when all the greater evils of human life shall have been removed, the human race is to find its chief enjoyment in reading Wordsworth's poetry." To indicate the importance of a due appreciation of literature I hardly need, upon this occasion, to repeat the hackneyed quotations in praise of books, from Richard de Bury to Mr. Ruskin; it may surely be taken for granted that, allowing Arnold's demand on behalf of conduct for a good three-fourths of our life, a considerable share of the remaining fraction may be claimed for literature.

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EAN: 9781330508121
ISBN: 1330508122
Untertitel: Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Forgotten Books
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2015
Seitenanzahl: 200 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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