Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863

Devoted to Literature and National Policy

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1863
Language: English
Wordcount: 82,464 / 246 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 662
Added to site: 2009.08.20
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Genre: Periodical
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both wisdom and usage: Men may the old out-renne but not out-rede.'

Oh! what an overflowing fulness of truth and beauty is there wrapped up in the core of these articulations that we so heedlessly utter, would we but make use of the wizard's wand wherewith to evoke them! What an exhaustless wealth does there lie in even the humblest fruitage and flowerage of language, and what a fecundity have even dry 'roots'!

'Thinkest thou there were no poets till Dan Chaucer?' asks our great Thomas; 'no heart burning with a thought, which it could not hold, and had no word for; and needed to shape and coin a word for--what thou callest a metaphor, trope, or the like? For every word we have, there was such a man and poet. The coldest word was once a glowing new metaphor, and bold questionable originality. 'Thy very ATTENTION, does it not mean an attentio, a STRETCHING-TO?' Fancy that act of the mind which all were conscious of, which none had yet named--when this new 'poet' first felt bound and driv

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