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Copyright 1896 and 1904
By John Burroughs
“ All original art is self-regulated, and no original art can be regulated from without ; it carries its own counterpoise, and does not receive it from elsewhere.” – TAINE.
If you want to tell good Gothic, see if it has the sort of roughness and largeness and nonchalance, mixed in places wilh the exquisite tenderness which seems always to be the sign manual of the broad vision and massy power of men who can see past the work they are doing, and betray here and there something like disdain for it.” — RUSKIN.
Formerly, during the period termed classic, when literature was governed by recognized rules, he was considered the best poet who had composed the most perfect work, the most beautiful poem, the most intelligible, the most agreeable to read, the most complete in every respect, the Æneid, the Gerusalemme, a fine tragedy. To-day something else is wanted. For us the greatest poet is he who in his works most stimulates the reader's imagination and reflection, who excites him the most himself to poetize. The greatest poet is not he who has done the best, it is he who suggests the most ; he, not all of whose meaning is at first obvious, and who leaves you much to desire, to explain, to study, much to complete in your turn." — SAINTE-BEUVE.