English Romantic Hellenism Influence Of Greek Literature, Art, And Culture On The Romantics - Essay

Influence Of Greek Literature, Art, And Culture On The Romantics

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

August Wilhelm von Schlegel (lecture date 1809)

SOURCE: "Vorlesungen über dramatische Kunst und Literatur," 1809, translated by J. Black, 1815. Reprinted in English Romantic Hellenism, 1700-1824, edited by Timothy Webb, Manchester University Press and Barnes and Noble Books, 1982, pp. 213-19.

[In the following excerpt from a lecture, Schlegel enthusiastically praises Grecian art, poetry, and drama.]

The formation of the Greeks was a natural education in its utmost perfection. Of a beautiful and noble race, endowed with susceptible senses and a clear understanding, placed beneath a mild heaven, they lived and bloomed in full health of...

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