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Lord Jeffrey on Lord Byron’s Tragedies

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“…instead of the irregular and comprehensive plots–the rich discursive dialogue–the ramblings of fancy–the magic creations of poetry–the rapid succession of incidents and characters–the soft, flexible, and ever–varying diction–and the flowing, continuous, and easy versification, which characterized those masters of the golden time, we have had tame, formal, elaborate, and stately compositions–meagre stories–few personages–characters decorous and consistent, but without nature or spirit–a guarded, timid, classical diction–ingenious and methodical disquisitions–turgid or sententious declamations–and a solem and monotonous strain of versification…”

This extract was taken from the Edinburgh Review of February 1822, to be found in various libraries around the globe, in this case from the wonderful Tisch Library at Tufts University in the United States. More to follow as our associates are able. Max Klinger, Editor in Chief.

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April 22, 2011 at 11:52 am