By A.V.C. Schmidt
Ardour and Precision comprises twenty essays on a variety of significant medieval and sleek English and Irish poets. the 1st half contains 3 chapters on Chaucer, together with a considerable new examine of Troilus and Criseyde, 4 on Chaucer's nice modern the Pearl-poet, and one evaluating the 2 poets. The middle of the second one half is six chapters on T. S. Eliot, 3 of them pioneering explorations of his poetic language. they're preceded by means of 3 on Hopkins, Shelley and Yeats (including a brand new examine of Yeats's verse-technique), and through one on David Jones and Auden, and on Geoffrey Hill and Seamus Heaney. The formerly released essays were largely revised, supplemented with appendixes and cross-referenced, and an entire Bibliography and Index are supplied. the writer brings to his analyzing of ten consultant poets from broadly separated sessions of English literature, the fourteenth and the 20 th centuries, an identical passionate and exact consciousness as they delivered to their writing.
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Extra resources for Passion and Precision: Collected Essays on English Poetry from Geoffrey Chaucer to Geoffrey Hill
They slepen holsome slepes uppon the gras, and dronken of the rennynge watres, and layen undir the schadwes of the heye pyn-trees. Ne no gest ne straunger ne karf yit the heye see with oores or with schipes; ne thei ne hadden seyn yit none newe stroondes to leden marchandise into diverse contrees. Tho weren the cruele clariouns ful hust and ful stille. Ne blood I-schad by egre hate ne hadde nat deyed yit armures. For wherto or which woodnesse of enemys wolde first moeven armes, whan thei seyen cruele wowndes ne none medes be of blood ischad?
5 Commentarius in Genesin (PL 115:165). 6 Liber Hebraicarum Quaestionum in Genesim (PL 23:953). 7 PL 33:782. 8 Jewish Antiquities, ed. Blatt I:113 ff. 9 Ibid. Introduction pp. 87-94. 10 Loc. cit. 11 Loc. cit. 12 Ibid. 13 ‘Nembroth ... non incongrue diabolo comparatur’ (loc. ) CHAPTER II TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE: CHAUCER’S TROILUS AND CRISEYDE Will it alter my life altogether? O tell me the truth about love –– W. H. Auden I Chaucer’s Poetic Novel Troilus and Criseyde (1385/6) stands at the middle of Chaucer’s career as his ‘central’ achievement, with fifteen years of ‘early’ work before it and another fifteen of ‘late’ work to come.
There are also examples of the ‘trailing’ alliteration found in Troilus: paisible…peples…payed 13; flees…former…flesh…offence 18-19; softe…swete…slepten 42-3, with which compare TC III 1236-8, as well as the ‘stanzaic alliteration’ in st. 2. v. grubben v. (b)). p. form is the sole one cited in MED. 10 Writing of St-John Perse’s work, T. S. Eliot says: ‘Such a selection of images and ideas has nothing chaotic about it. There is a logic of the imagination as well as a logic of concepts’ (Introduction to Anabasis, 1959:10).
Passion and Precision: Collected Essays on English Poetry from Geoffrey Chaucer to Geoffrey Hill by A.V.C. Schmidt