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Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (Paperback) Loot Price: R421
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Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (Paperback): Hugh Blair

Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (Paperback)

Hugh Blair

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: (87; LECTURE III. CRITICISM....GENIUS....PLEASURES OF TASTE.... SUBLIMITY IN OBJECTS. Taste, criticism, and genius, are words currently em ployed, without distinct ideas annexed to them. In beginning a course of lectures where such words must often occur, it is necessary to ascertain their meaning with some precision. Having in the last lecture treated of taste, I proceed to explain the nature and foundation of criticism. True criticism is the application of taste and of good sense to the several fine arts. The object which it proposes is, to distinguish what is beautiful and what is faulty in every performance; from particular instances to ascend to general principles; and so to form rules or conclusions concerning the several kinds cf beauty in works of genius. The rules of criticism are not formed by any induction J priori, as it is called; that is, they are not formed by a train of abstract reasoning, independent of facts and observations. Criticism is an art founded wholly on experience; on the observations of such beauties as have come nearest to the standard which I before established: that is, of such beauties as have been found to please mankind most generally. For example: Aristotle's rules concerning the unity of action in dramatic and epic composition, were not rules first discovered by logical reasoning, and then applied to poetry; but they were drawn from the practice of Homer and Sophocles: they %vere founded upon observing the superior pleasure which we receive from the relation of an action which is one and entire, beyond what we receive from the relation of scattered and unconnected facts. Such observations taking their rise at first from feeling and experience, were found on examination to be so consonant to reason and to the principles of human na...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2012
First published: October 2012
Authors: Hugh Blair
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 492
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-50016-6
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-50016-1
Barcode: 9780217500166

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