Thomas Carlyle, with his natural taste for what is manly and daring in character, has suffered no heroic
trait in his favorites to drop from his biographical and historical pictures.
His foibles - faults if you like - will never be dwelt upon in any memorandum of mine," he declares, and goes on - "he whose splendid and matchless achievements will be remembered with admiration while there is gratitude in the hearts of Britons, or while a ship floats upon the ocean; he whose example on the breaking out of the war gave so chivalrous an impulse to the younger men of the service that all rushed into rivalry of daring which disdained every warning of prudence, and led to acts of heroic
enterprise which tended greatly to exalt the glory of our nation.
These, then, are the four sorts of kingdoms : the first is that of the heroic
times; which was a government over a free people, with its rights in some particulars marked out; for the king was their general, their judge, and their high priest.
He was a quiet, modest fellow, unmistakably impressed by the knowledge of the officer and the heroic
self-sacrifice of the merchant and saying nothing about himself.
Morland was a very good woman, and wished to see her children everything they ought to be; but her time was so much occupied in lying-in and teaching the little ones, that her elder daughters were inevitably left to shift for themselves; and it was not very wonderful that Catherine, who had by nature nothing heroic
about her, should prefer cricket, baseball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen, to books -- or at least books of information -- for, provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.
Homer has never yet been printed in English, nor AEschylus, nor Virgil even -- works as refined, as solidly done, and as beautiful almost as the morning itself; for later writers, say what we will of their genius, have rarely, if ever, equalled the elaborate beauty and finish and the lifelong and heroic
literary labors of the ancients.
Dryden did not invent the heroic
couplet, but it was he who first made it famous.
Catching sight of a hooked iron contrivance protruding from the left sleeve of the man's coat, Mrs Verloc's mother lost suddenly the heroic
courage of these days.
In his fancy he did not clearly picture to himself either the striking of the blow or the death of Napoleon, but with extraordinary vividness and melancholy enjoyment imagined his own destruction and heroic
I really liked Bloomfield better; for one thing, his poem was written in the heroic
decasyllabics which I preferred to any other verse.
Aside from the fact that Dryden had never professed, probably, to be a radical Puritan, he certainly was not, like Milton and Bunyan, a heroic
person, nor endowed with deep and dynamic convictions; on the other hand, he was very far from being base or dishonorable--no one can read his works attentively without being impressed by their spirit of straightforward manliness.
For a moment he was tempted by despair to give up; but recalling the quiet, sad face of the heroic
girl, he felt profoundly ashamed of his weakness.