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“Wordsworth was a great critic, and it is to be sincerely regretted that he has not left
“Admirable specimens of philosophical criticism.” – SIR HENRY TAYLOR.
“The Prefaces are most valuable contributions to our literature of criticism."
Aubrey De, Here, LL.D.,
THE FRIEND OF WORDSWORTH,
WHO HAS NOBLY ILLUSTRATED IN PROSE AND VERSE
THE PRINCIPLES OF LITERATURE AND LIFE
CONTAINED IN THESE
“High is our calling, Friend ! — Creative Art
(Whether the instrument of words she use,
“He too upon a wintry clime
Had fallen — on this iron time
A spirit of manly independence has characterized every era of reformation, but in our own century this spirit has had a wider range, and has manifested itself in a greater variety of movements, than ever before. Independence in literature and art, in church and state, in social and political life, has been the distinguishing feature of the nineteenth century. In the literature of Greece and Rome the state is the centre, and the individual is of little account. In the Middle Ages the church
1 Matthew Arnold.