Selected essays of william hazlitt

The four greatest names in English poetry, are almost the four first we come to—Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton.

We imagine that the admiration of the works of celebrated men has become common, because the admiration of their names has become so.

The world has no hold on them. It may be objected, that the public taste is capable of gradual improvement, because, in the end, the public do justice to works of the greatest merit. The public taste is, therefore, necessarily vitiated, in proportion as it is public; it is lowered with every infusion it receives of common opinion.

The worst is, that much thought on difficult subjects tends, after a certain time, to destroy the natural gaiety and dancing of the spirits; it deadens the elastic force of the mind, weighs upon the heart, and makes us insensible to the common enjoyments and pursuits of life.

It has its pleasures and its pains—its successes and its disappointments. It is only as Selected essays of william hazlitt or sublimity are blended with other qualities of a more obvious and common nature, that they pass current with the world.

The highest efforts of genius, in every walk of art, can never be properly understood by mankind in general: My personal favourites were his Essays on culture and art, and I would highly recommend and prioritise any Essays on these topics; Hazlitt was highly regarded as an Art Critic, and I personally think his critical Essays contain some of his best writing.

They are in it; not of it; and a dream and a glory is ever around them! An account of this matter, with which we were amused ourselves, we met with some time ago in a metaphysical allegory, which begins in this manner: He had been a Brahmin, skilful in theology, and in all abstruse learning.

He was wont to hold in admiration the ways of Nature, and delighted to penetrate the mysteries in which she was enrobed; but in pursuing the footsteps of philosophy, he wandered too far from the abode of the social Virtues.

Hazlitt; selected essays

So inveterate were the habits which he had contracted in his human state, that his spirit was still influenced by his passion for abstruse study. I ever to recollect all I have ever observed or thought upon a subject, and to express it as nearly as I can.

He sojourned in this wood from youth to age, regardless of everything, save cocoa-nuts and metaphysics. The greater the number of judges, the less capable must they be of judging, for the addition to the number of good ones will always be small, while the multitude of bad ones is endless, and thus the decay of art may be said to be the necessary consequence of its progress.

Instead of writing on four subjects at a time, it is as much as I can manage to keep the thread of one discourse clear and unentangled. This is a mistake. What errors, what ill-pieced transitions, what crooked reasons, what lame conclusions!

How little is made out, and that little how ill!

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Selected Essays of William Hazlitt to [Geoffrey Keynes] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Hazlitt was an English writer remembered for his humanitarian essays.

He was one of the great masters of the miscellaneous essay/5(4). William Hazlitt was an English writer, remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism, and as a grammarian and philosopher. He is now considered one of the great critics and essayists of the English language, placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell, but his work is currently little-read and mostly out of print.4/5.

Selected Essays, 1778-1830

Introduction, a general sketch of Hazlitt's life and writingsMy first acquaintance with poetsOn the conversation of authors. I, IIOf persons one would wish to have seenOn reading old booksOn actors and acting. I, IIOn a landscape of Nicholas PoussinOn the pleasure of Selected essays of William Hazlitt,by Hazlitt, William and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at Hazlitt was an English writer remembered for his humanitarian essays.

He was one of the great masters of the miscellaneous essay, displaying a keen intellect, sensibility, and wide scope of interest and knowledge/5.

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