The annexation of Texas induced the spirited traffic that

"Subsists no law of Life outside of Life. * * * * * The Christ himself had been no Lawgiver, Unless he had given the LIFE, too, with the law."

The annexation of Texas induced the spirited traffic that

The importance of Robert Browning's poetry, as embodying the profoundest thought, the subtlest and most complex sentiment, and, above all, the most quickening spirituality of the age, has, as yet, notwithstanding the great increase within the last few years of devoted students, received but a niggardly recognition when compared with that received by far inferior contemporary poets. There are, however, many indications in the poetical criticism of the day that upon it will ere long be pronounced the verdict which is its due. And the founding of a society in England in 1881, "to gather together some at least of the many admirers of Robert Browning, for the study and discussion of his works, and the publication of papers on them, and extracts from works illustrating them" has already contributed much towards paying a long-standing debt.

The annexation of Texas induced the spirited traffic that

Mr. Browning's earliest poems, `Pauline' (he calls it in the preface to the reprint of it in 1868 "a boyish work", though it exhibits the great basal thought of all his subsequent poetry), was published in 1833, since which time he has produced the largest body of poetry produced by any one poet in English literature; and the range of thought and passion which it exhibits is greater than that of any other poet, without a single exception, since the days of Shakespeare. And he is the most like Shakespeare in his deep interest in human nature in all its varieties of good and evil. Though endowed with a powerful, subtle, and restless intellect, he has throughout his voluminous poetry made the strongest protest that has been made in these days against mere intellect. And his poetry has, therefore, a peculiar value in an age like the present -- an age exhibiting "a condition of humanity which has thrown itself wholly on its intellect and its genius in physics, and has done marvels in material science and invention, but at the expense of the interior divinity." It is the human heart, that is, the intuitive, the non-discursive side of man, with its hopes and its prophetic aspirations, as opposed to the analytic, the discursive understanding, which is to him a subject of the deepest and most scrutinizing interest. He knows that its deepest depths are "deeper than did ever plummet sound"; but he also knows that it is in these depths that life's greatest secrets must be sought. The philosophies excogitated by the insulated intellect help nothing toward even a glimpse of these secrets. In one of his later poems, that entitled `House', he has intimated, and forcibly intimated, his sense of the impossibility of penetrating to the Holy of Holies of this wondrous human heart, though assured as he is that all our hopes in regard to the soul's destiny are warmed and cherished by what radiates thence. He quotes, in the last stanza of this poem, from Wordsworth's sonnet on the Sonnet, "With this same key Shakespeare unlocked his heart," and then adds, "DID Shakespeare? If so, the less Shakespeare he!"

The annexation of Texas induced the spirited traffic that

Mrs. Browning, in the Fifth Book of her `Aurora Leigh', has given a full and very forcible expression to the feeling which has caused the highest dramatic genius of the present day to seek refuge in the poem and the novel. "I will write no plays; because the drama, less sublime in this, makes lower appeals, defends more menially, adopts the standard of the public taste to chalk its height on, wears a dog-chain round its regal neck, and learns to carry and fetch the fashions of the day, to please the day; . . . 'Tis that, honoring to its worth the drama, I would fear to keep it down to the level of the footlights. . . . The growing drama has outgrown such toys of simulated stature, face, and speech, it also, peradventure, may outgrow the simulation of the painted scene, boards, actors, prompters, gaslight, and costume; and TAKE FOR A WORTHIER STAGE, THE SOUL ITSELF, ITS SHIFTING FANCIES AND CELESTIAL LIGHTS, WITH ALL ITS GRAND ORCHESTRAL SILENCES TO KEEP THE PAUSES OF THE RHYTHMIC SOUNDS."

Robert Browning's poetry is, in these days, the fullest realization of what is expressed in the concluding lines of this passage: he has taken for a worthier stage, the soul itself, its shifting fancies and celestial lights, more than any other poet of the age. And he has worked with a thought-and-passion capital greater than the combined thought-and-passion capital of the richest of his poetical contemporaries. And he has thought nobly of the soul, and has treated it as, in its essence, above the fixed and law-bound system of things which we call nature; in other words, he has treated it as supernatural. "Mind," he makes the Pope say, in `The Ring and the Book', -- and his poetry bears testimony to its being his own conviction and doctrine, -- "Mind is not matter, nor from matter, but above." With every student of Browning, the recognition and acceptance of this must be his starting-point. Even that which impelled the old dog, in his poem entitled `Tray' (`Dramatic Lyrics', First Series), to rescue the beggar child that fell into the river, and then to dive after the child's doll, and bring it up, after a long stay under water, the poet evidently distinguishes from matter, -- regards as "not matter nor from matter, but above": -- "And so, amid the laughter gay, Trotted my hero off, -- old Tray, -- Till somebody, prerogatived With reason, reasoned: `Why he dived, His brain would show us, I should say. `John, go and catch -- or, if needs be, Purchase that animal for me! By vivisection, at expense Of half-an-hour and eighteen pence, How brain secretes dog's soul, we'll see!" In his poem entitled `Halbert and Hob' (`Dramatic Lyrics', First Series), quoting from Shakespeare's `King Lear', "Is there a reason in nature for these hard hearts?" the poet adds, "O Lear, That a reason OUT of nature must turn them soft, seems clear!"

Mind is, with Browning, SUPERNATURAL, but linked with, and restrained, and even enslaved by, the natural. The soul, in its education, that is, in its awakening, becomes more and more independent of the natural, and, as a consequence, more responsive to higher souls and to the Divine. ALL SPIRIT IS MUTUALLY ATTRACTIVE, and the degree of attractiveness results from the degree of freedom from the obstructions of the material, or the natural. Loving the truth implies a greater or less degree of that freedom of the spirit which brings it into SYMPATHY with the true. "If ye abide in My word," says Christ (and we must understand by "word" His own concrete life, the word made flesh, and living and breathing), "if ye abide in My word" (that is, continue to live My life), "then are ye truly My disciples; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John viii. 32).

In regard to the soul's INHERENT possessions, its microcosmic potentialities, Paracelsus is made to say (and this may be taken, too, as the poet's own creed), "Truth is WITHIN ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whate'er you may believe: there is an inmost centre in us all, where truth abides in fulness; and around, wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in, this perfect, clear perception -- which is truth. A baffling and perverting carnal mesh blinds it, and makes all error: and, TO KNOW, rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendour may escape, than in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without."

All possible thought is IMPLICIT in the mind, and waiting for release -- waiting to become EXPLICIT. "Seek within yourself," says Goethe, "and you will find everything; and rejoice that, without, there lies a Nature that says yea and amen to all you have discovered in yourself." And Mrs. Browning, in the person of Aurora Leigh, writes: "The cygnet finds the water; but the man is born in ignorance of his element, and feels out blind at first, disorganized by sin in the blood, -- his spirit-insight dulled and crossed by his sensations. Presently we feel it quicken in the dark sometimes; then mark, be reverent, be obedient, -- for those dumb motions of imperfect life are oracles of vital Deity attesting the Hereafter. Let who says `The soul's a clean white paper', rather say, a palimpsest, a prophet's holograph defiled, erased, and covered by a monk's, -- the Apocalypse by a Longus! poring on which obscure text, we may discern perhaps some fair, fine trace of what was written once, some off-stroke of an alpha and omega expressing the old Scripture."

Original article by {website name}. If reprinted, please indicate the source:

zan ( 7)
next 2023-12-05


  • to have a good idea of time, was employed to strike the

    to have a good idea of time, was employed to strike the

    Appiususedsometimebacktorepeatinconversation,andafterwardssaidopenly,eveninthesenate,thatifhewereall …


  • 吃了发苦的橙子怎么办


    橙子发苦怎么处理方法?1、吃到苦橙。因为橙子有很多不同的品种,其中就有一个名为苦橙的品种,苦橙味道很苦,食用也不会出现不适反应,不会对身体产生不利的影响。另外,适当食用还有。吃橘子多了嘴里老有苦味我该 …


  • 为什么运动不出汗


    前言:为什么运动不流汗运动不出汗的原因:流汗只是调节身体温度的机制,与运动效果没有直接关系。天气热也会流汗,不代表运动量充足。长时间但太过温和的运动,消耗的热量或脂肪比不上短时间而有一定强度的运动。运 …


  • 莲子怎么晒干不变色


    莲子怎么晒不会发黑-九州醉餐饮网将莲子外面的莲衣去除,放在阳光下晾晒即可。晾晒莲子时,需要保持干燥,避免潮湿雨林等环境,以免莲子变质。莲子在晾晒之前,也可以将莲子心去除,以免。莲子怎么晒不会发黑,家里 …


  • Max gaining upon her, now, at every stride. There was a

    Max gaining upon her, now, at every stride. There was a

    "Iwilltakecareandnottellagain,sir,"saidRuth,inalowvoice."Nay,Ruth,youarenotgoingtohavesecretsfromme, …


  • 月饼为什么保质期那么长


    为什么卖的月饼可以放很多天?月饼之所以能长时间保存,主要有三个原因:不少月饼是烘焙加工而成,在生产过程中经过高温烘焙,经历了多次灭菌处理,里里外外的微生物早已被杀灭殆尽。同时,现。为什么外面买的月饼保 …


  • 鸟为什么会有气味


    鸟为什么会有气味?能正常新陈代谢的动物都有气味,鸟常时期在上空飞翔,大气污染和灰尘都会首先沾到羽毛上,就会有气味。鸟,又称作鸟儿。体表被覆羽毛的卵生脊椎动物,鸟的主要特。为什么鸟会无缘无故的臭?能正常 …


  • 我开空调了是什么梗


    开空调什么梗?开空调的话只是将空调打开而已,并没有什么特别大的意义,而且夏天的时候基本上大多数人都喜欢待在空调房里面。开空调的话只是将空调打开而已,并没有什么特别...你空调开几度是什么梗?空调开到二 …


  • was anxious to examine a reported coal-mine which turned

    was anxious to examine a reported coal-mine which turned

    IRECEIVEDyourletteronthefifthdaybeforetheTerminalia(19thofFebruary)atLaodicea.Iwasdelightedtoreadit, …


  • 只有冬夏再无春秋什么梗


    一年之计在于冬是什么梗?上。所谓“一年之计在于冬,一天之计在于晚”,是说我们奥康做任何事情都要未雨绸缪,做好充足的提前量,如果别人提前一周准备好,我们一定是提前两周甚至一个月...冬马小三什么梗问题一 …