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Poetry for Poetry's Sake An Inaugural Lecture Delivered on June 5, 1901   By: (1851-1935)

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In "Poetry for Poetry's Sake: An Inaugural Lecture Delivered on June 5, 1901," Andrew C. Bradley embarks on an enthralling exploration into the essence and purpose of poetry. Written with eloquence and profound insight, Bradley's lecture serves as a clarion call for the appreciation of poetry as an art form that exists solely for its own sake.

From the outset, Bradley immerses the reader in a captivating journey that spans the history of poetry, from ancient Greece to the modern era. Drawing inspiration from renowned poets, Bradley examines the intrinsic qualities that make poetry a distinctive form of expression. He tirelessly advocates for the autonomy of poetry, emphasizing that it should be appreciated purely for its beauty and aesthetic impact, rather than being subjected to external standards or utilitarian purposes.

Throughout the lecture, Bradley delves into the depths of metaphysics and philosophy, weaving intricate connections between poetry and the human soul. He underscores the transformative power of poetry in evoking profound emotions and illuminating universal truths about the human condition. Bradley skillfully argues that when we read or create poetry, we enter a realm that transcends the confines of everyday life, enabling us to connect with deeper facets of our existence.

One of the most compelling aspects of Bradley's lecture is his examination of the inherent qualities that distinguish poetry from prose. With an erudite voice, he demonstrates how the rhythmic structure, musicality, and deliberate use of language in poetry create an intricate tapestry of emotions, inviting readers into a realm of heightened sensibility. Bradley's eloquent examination of poetic form and technique sheds light on how effective poetry can be when crafted with precision and intentionality.

Moreover, Bradley emphasizes the importance of approaching poetry with an open mind and a willingness to engage with the complexities it presents. He encourages readers to savor the nuances of language, exploring deeper meanings and interpretations that lie beneath the surface. The beauty of poetry, according to Bradley, lies in its ability to evoke emotions and provoke contemplation, making it an indispensable vehicle for self-reflection and personal growth.

Bradley's lecture epitomizes the erudition and passion of a true lover of poetry. While some readers might find the content dense and intellectual, especially considering it was originally delivered as a lecture, those who appreciate the beauty and depth of poetry will be captivated by his profound insights. In bearing witness to Bradley's exploration of poetry for poetry's sake, readers are beckoned to embark on their own introspective journey, discovering the transformative power of this unique art form.

In conclusion, "Poetry for Poetry's Sake: An Inaugural Lecture Delivered on June 5, 1901" by Andrew C. Bradley is an illuminating and intellectually stimulating work that celebrates the intrinsic value of poetry. Bradley's erudition, eloquence, and passion shine through every page of this lecture, reminding readers of the timeless significance and enduring power of poetry in our lives.

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Poetry for Poetry's Sake

HENRY FROWDE, M.A. PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD LONDON, EDINBURGH NEW YORK

Poetry For Poetry's Sake

AN INAUGURAL LECTURE

DELIVERED ON JUNE 5, 1901

BY

A. C. BRADLEY, M.A., LL.D.

PROFESSOR OF POETRY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD FORMERLY FELLOW OF BALLIOL COLLEGE

OXFORD AT THE CLARENDON PRESS 1901

NOTE. This Lecture is printed almost as it was delivered. I am aware that, especially in the earlier pages, difficult subjects are treated in a manner far too summary, but they require an exposition so full that it would destroy the original form of the Lecture, while a slight expansion would do little to provide against misunderstandings.

A. C. B.

POETRY FOR POETRY'S SAKE

One who, after twenty years, is restored to the University where he was taught and first tried to teach, and who has received at the hands of his Alma Mater an honour of which he never dreamed, is tempted to speak both of himself and of her. But I remember that you have come to listen to my thoughts about a great subject, and not to my feelings about myself; and, of Oxford, who that holds this Professorship could dare to speak, when he recalls the exquisite verse in which one of his predecessors described her beauty, and the prose in which he gently touched on her illusions and protested that they were as nothing when set against her age long warfare with the Philistine? How, again, remembering him and others, should I venture to praise my predecessors? It would be pleasant to do so, and even pleasanter to me and you if, instead of lecturing, I quoted to you some of their best passages... Continue reading book >>




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