Literary Criticism for Students: Selected from English Essays and Edited with an Introduction and Notes (Classic Reprint)

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It is a delicate problem to adjust the relation between independence and a deference to authority. In belles lettres, especially, what seems best to the taste and appreciation Of those who are called liter ary, Often fails to please ordinary readers. Subtler phases of thought, heightened style, moods lifted above plain emotions, or plain emotions made great by Wordsworthian simplicity, do not appeal to the majority even Of intelligent people. The classics of our poetry and prose are not popular, and where they are read, what to a few appears their best is quite missed by most. These think carelessly, feel bluntly, and are not sensitive to art and beauty. Yet most Of them can think and feel, and are in some measure susceptible to aesthetic pleasure. Their difficulty lies in not applying their faculties successfully to literature, or still more, in not taking the trouble to attempt it. Accordingly, they judge inadequately and incorrectly. Well, how far Should those who believe that such judgments are partial or mistaken try to impress their own views on the majority - to convert them to their own tastes? Especially in the case of students, is good taste to be taught?

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