The Works of Thomas De Quincey, "The English Opium Eater": Including All His Contributions to Periodical Literature

A. and C. Black, 1863

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Sivu 197 - ... the human has made its reflux upon the fiendish; the pulses of life are beginning to beat again; and the re-establishment of the goings-on of the world in which we live, first makes us profoundly sensible of the awful parenthesis that had suspended them.
Sivu 197 - In order that a new world may step in, this world must for a time disappear. The murderers, and the murder must be insulated — cut off by an immeasurable gulf from the ordinary tide and succession of human affairs — locked up and sequestered in some deep recess ; we must be made sensible that the world of ordinary life is suddenly arrested — laid asleep — tranced — racked into a dread armistice ; time must be annihilated ; relation to things without abolished ; and all must pass self-withdrawn...
Sivu 194 - But to return from this digression, my understanding could furnish no reason why the knocking at the gate in Macbeth, should produce any effect, direct or reflected. In fact, my understanding said positively that it could not produce any effect. But I knew better ; I felt that it did ; and I waited and clung to the problem until further knowledge should enable me to solve it.
Sivu 197 - ... mighty poet ! Thy works are not as those of other men, simply and merely great works of art ; but are also like the phenomena of nature, like the sun and the sea, the stars and the flowers ; like frost and snow, rain and dew, hail-storm and thunder...
Sivu 142 - He was unhappy before the great ideas of Virtue — of Truth — and of God; because he knew how feeble are the approximations to them which a son of earth can make. But this was a dream : God be thanked, that in reality there is no such craving and asking eye directed upwards to heaven — to which death will not one day bring an answer ! IMAGINATION UNTAMED BY THE COARSER REALITIES OF LIFE.
Sivu 195 - Such an attitude would little suit the purposes of the poet. What then must he do? He must throw the interest on the murderer : our sympathy must be with him ; (of course I mean a sympathy of comprehension, a sympathy by which we enter into his feelings, and are made to understand them, — not a sympathy* of pity or approbation:) in the murdered person all strife of thought, all flux and reflux of passion and of purpose, are crushed by one overwhelming panic : the fear of instant death smites him...
Sivu 21 - Ipyov (or business), and literature as a irapepyov (an accessary, or mere by-business), how far is literature itself likely to benefit by such an arrangement ? Mr. Coleridge insists upon it that it will ; and at page 225 he alleges seven names, to which at page 233 he adds an eighth, of celebrated men who have " shown the possibility of combining weighty performances in literature with full and independent employment.
Sivu 195 - Shakespeare has introduced two murderers, and, as usual in his hands, they are remarkably discriminated ; but, though in Macbeth the strife of mind is greater than in his wife, the tiger spirit not so awake, and his feelings caught chiefly by contagion from her...
Sivu 194 - But this is wrong ; for it is unreasonable to expect all men to be great artists, and born with the genius of Mr. Williams. Now it will be remembered, that in the first of these murders (that of the Marrs), the same incident (of a knocking at the door, soon after the work of extermination was complete) did actually occur, which the genius of...
Sivu 17 - Englishman, with talents of the first order, and yet, upon the evidence of all his works, ill-satisfied at any time either with himself or those of his own age. This Englishman set out in life, as I conjecture, with a plan of study modelled upon that of Leibnitz ; that is to say, he designed to make himself (as Leibnitz most truly was) a Polyhistor, or catholic student.

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