Lessing's Laokoon

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Clarendon Press, 1878 - Aesthetics - 296 pages
 

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Page 174 - Thou, nature, art my goddess ; to thy law My services are bound : Wherefore should I Stand in the plague of custom ; and permit The curiosity of nations to deprive me, For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-shines Lag of a brother?
Page 174 - Why bastard? Wherefore base? When my dimensions are as well compact, My mind as generous, and my shape as true, As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us With base? With baseness? bastardy? base, base?
Page 174 - And that so lamely and unfashionable, That dogs bark at me as I halt by them; Why I, in this weak piping time of peace Have no delight to...
Page 175 - I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deform'd, unfinish'd, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them...
Page iv - DIALOGUES UPON THE USEFULNESS OF ANCIENT MEDALS ESPECIALLY IN RELATION TO THE LATIN AND GREEK POETS.
Page 175 - Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them; Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace...
Page 151 - Di persona era tanto ben formata, quanto me' finger san pittori industri ; con bionda chioma lunga et annodata: oro non è che più risplenda e lustri. Spargeasi per la guancia delicata misto color di rose e di ligustri; di terso avorio era la fronte lieta, che lo spazio finia con giusta meta.
Page 152 - Sotto quel sta, quasi fra due vallette La bocca sparsa di natio cinabro; Quivi due filze son di perle elette, Che chiude ed apre un bello, e dolce labro: Quindi escon le cortesi parolette Da render molle ogni cor rozzo e scabro: Quivi si forma quel soave riso, Ch'apre a sua posta in terra il paradiso.
Page 8 - Mann das Elend ertragen zu können. Der Ausdruck einer so großen Seele geht weit über die Bildung der schönen Natur. Der Künstler mußte die Stärke des Geistes in sich selbst fühlen, welche er seinem Marmor einprägte. Griechenland hatte Künstler und Weltweise in einer Person und mehr als einen Metrodor. Die Weisheit reichte der Kunst die Hand und blies den Figuren derselben mehr als gemeine Seelen ein usw.
Page 20 - Der Meister arbeitete auf die höchste Schönheit, unter den angenommenen Umständen des körperlichen Schmerzes. Dieser, in aller seiner entstellenden Heftigkeit, war mit jener nicht zu verbinden. Er mußte ihn also...

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