A Study of Fairy Tales

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Houghton Mifflin, 1916 - Fairy tales - 313 pages
Richtlijnen voor het onderscheiden van meer en minder geschikte sprookjes en voor het vertellen ervan aan kinderen. Bevat een historisch overzicht en een systematische indeling van de sprookjesliteratuur.

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Page 55 - The sound must seem an echo to the sense : Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar : When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line too labours, and the words move slow ; Not so, when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along the main.
Page 36 - She was tumbled early, by accident or design, into a spacious closet of good old English reading, without much selection or prohibition, and browsed at will upon that fair and wholesome pasturage. Had I twenty girls, they should be brought up exactly in this fashion.
Page 207 - Then came the Holy One, blessed be He, And killed the angel of death, That killed the butcher, That killed the ox, That drank the water, That quenched the fire, That burned the staff, That beat the dog, » That bit the cat, That ate the kid, That my father bought For two pieces of money. A kid, a kid.
Page 168 - A work of great interest might be compiled upon the origin of popular fiction, and the transmission of similar tales from age to age, and from country to country. The mythology of one period would then appear to pass into the romance of the next century, and that into the nursery tale of the subsequent ages.
Page 223 - And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame; And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame; But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They Are!
Page 4 - Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most. For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments
Page 174 - It comes before us with a character such as can belong only to a very few ; that of being a true World...
Page 71 - There are, so far as I know, three ways, and three ways only, of writing a story. You may take a plot and fit characters to it, or you may take a character and choose incidents and situations to derelop it ; or, lastly — you must bear with me while I try to make this clear...
Page 60 - Oeyvind carried leaves and grass up to him. One fine day the goat leaped down, and, — away to the cliff; he went straight up, and came where he never had been before. Oeyvind did not see him when he came out after dinner, and thought immediately of the fox. He grew hot all over, looked around about, and called, " Killy-killy-killy-goat!" But'at the side of the goat there kneeled a little girl.
Page 54 - Flaubert's deeply pondered evocation of "the phrase," are equally good art. Say what you have to say, what you have a will to say, in the simplest, the most direct and exact manner possible, with no surplusage: — there, is the justification of the sentence so fortunately born, "entire, smooth, and round...

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