Who ever demanded the reasons of that nice unity of time or place which is now established to be so essential
to dramatic poetry?
Much might be ruminated here, concerning the essential
dignity of this regal process, because in common life we esteem but meanly and contemptibly a fellow who anoints his hair, and palpably smells of that anointing.
He has several times been compelled to owe obligations to the pecuniary succors of other nations for the preservation of his essential
interests, and is unable, upon the strength of his own resources, to sustain a long or continued war.
There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential
to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests.
I propose to treat of Poetry in itself and of its various kinds, noting the essential
quality of each; to inquire into the structure of the plot as requisite to a good poem; into the number and nature of the parts of which a poem is composed; and similarly into whatever else falls within the same inquiry.
Thus it is essential
that the correlated terms should be exactly designated; if there is a name existing, the statement will be easy; if not, it is doubtless our duty to construct names.
He is the man who watches the growth of the cable - a sailor's phrase which has all the force, precision, and imagery of technical language that, created by simple men with keen eyes for the real aspect of the things they see in their trade, achieves the just expression seizing upon the essential
, which is the ambition of the artist in words.
If the caligraphy be Poe's, it is different in all essential
respects from all the many specimens known to us, and strongly resembles that of the writer of the heading and dating of the manuscript, both of which the contributor of the poem acknowledges to have been recently added.
In militar commanders and soldiers, vain-glory is an essential
point; for as iron sharpens iron, so by glory, one courage sharpeneth another.
The case of Gridley is in no essential
altered from one of actual occurrence, made public by a disinterested person who was professionally acquainted with the whole of the monstrous wrong from beginning to end.
Life meanwhile- real life, with its essential
interests of health and sickness, toil and rest, and its intellectual interests in thought, science, poetry, music, love, friendship, hatred, and passions- went on as usual, independently of and apart from political friendship or enmity with Napoleon Bonaparte and from all the schemes of reconstruction.
The most thoroughgoing of all distinctions in literature, as in the other Fine Arts, is that between (1) Substance, the essential
content and meaning of the work, and (2) Form, the manner in which it is expressed (including narrative structure, external style, in poetry verse-form, and many related matters).