Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. INDICATIONS OF A NEW ATTITUDE TOWARDS NATURE IN THE POETRY OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. In this chapter the method of work is quite unlike that in the preceding study. The typical and the dominant are not regarded. Attention is rather converged upon the significant exception. We are led into nooks and corners and byways. The most famous author is not necessarily the one on whom emphasis is placed. In searching for legitimate proof of a tendency we may safely turn to the work of men of unoriginal genius and moderate power." A study of this sort would certainly give a distorted view if it were for a moment thought to represent the period as a whole. But if it is held in mind that the attitude towards nature was in general through the eighteenth century marked by indifference and artificiality, we may throw as high lights as we please on the exceptions. This study will serve its purpose if, in its following out of the complexities and inconsistencies that make a transition period interesting, it shall succeed in showing that, along with the classical feeling towards nature, there was also a real and vital love for the out-door world, and that this new attitude towards nature is marked by first-hand observation, by artistic sensitiveness to beauty, by personal enthusiasm for nature, by a recognition of the effect of nature on man, and, occasionally, by an imaginative conception of nature somewhat in the Wordsworthian sense. The new attitude towards nature, of which Thomson is the John Gay, Thomas Parnell, Samuel Croxall, William Pattison, 1 SeeGosse: Seventeenth Century Studies. Introduction. The poets between 1706 and 1726 first adequate exponent, finds occasional and not ineffective expression during the two decades before the publication of Winter in 1726. In the works of J...
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