All of the men and women the writer
had ever known had become grotesques.
The fact that in the "Iliad" Menelaus came to a banquet without waiting for an invitation, determines the writer
of the "Odyssey" to make him come to a banquet, also uninvited, but as circumstances did not permit of his having been invited, his coming uninvited is shown to have been due to chance.
Dealing with the beginnings of imagination in the minds of children, they record, with the reality which a very delicate touch preserves from anything lugubrious, not those merely preventible miseries of childhood over which some writers
have been apt to gloat, but the contact of childhood with the great and inevitable sorrows of life, into which children can enter with depth, with dignity, and sometimes with a kind of simple, pathetic greatness, to the discipline of the heart.
So as not to wake me," replied the Writer
of Fables, a holy calm brooding upon his beautiful face.
Walter Map, like so many of the writers
of this early time, was a priest.
9: The writer
of the epic "Little Iliad" says that Machaon was killed by Eurypylus, the son of Telephus.
The subjects are various--the conventionalized love of the poet for a certain Rosalind; current religious controversies in allegory; moral questions; the state of poetry in England; and the praises of Queen Elizabeth, whose almost incredible vanity exacted the most fulsome flattery from every writer
who hoped to win a name at her court.
is not fashioning his ideas into an artistic whole; they take possession of him and are too much for him.
As little, I should think, can it matter whether the writer
so designated is a man, or a woman, as one or two of my critics profess to have discovered.
Though we have properly enough entitled this our work, a history, and not a life; nor an apology for a life, as is more in fashion; yet we intend in it rather to pursue the method of those writers
, who profess to disclose the revolutions of countries, than to imitate the painful and voluminous historian, who, to preserve the regularity of his series, thinks himself obliged to fill up as much paper with the detail of months and years in which nothing remarkable happened, as he employs upon those notable aeras when the greatest scenes have been transacted on the human stage.
But when Tragedy and Comedy came to light, the two classes of poets still followed their natural bent: the lampooners became writers
of Comedy, and the Epic poets were succeeded by Tragedians, since the drama was a larger and higher form of art.
A third class of historians- the so-called historians of culture- following the path laid down by the universal historians who sometimes accept writers
and ladies as forces producing events- again take that force to be something quite different.