At most our critics can only mean that of the innumerable debts which our literary tradition owes, the debt to Rome and Greece is the greatest and most important. I warmly welcome its publication. This most recent offering of Lewis writings is not for everyone and it isn't for no one. It is broken up into six sections dealing with English Lit generally followed by more specialized readings in classical, medieval and middle English lit. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. This can be expressed in various ways, such as by beautiful scenery, a tragic accident, a song or a sermon, but the most powerful contributor to our moral development is by means of stories 131.
Yet some such title is unavoidable. Immediately below these, in length and security of reign, we might put Juvenal, the moral works of Cicero and Seneca, Horace, Statius, Claudian, and a few others. I have said that you can read English poetry for a long time without coming across classic form. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. It is a rather odd collection and show some of the width of what kept C. I have trod softly in this review, my only goal being to dissuade a certain sort of reader who reads Lewis for the stories or apologetics, and to persuade another sort of reader who favors the academic side. The first two long essays here, from the collection Rehabilitations and Other Essays 1939 reveal how important this facet of his life was to him.
Later, of course, through a combination of many factors, the tension was resolved. . It is a collection of reprints of mostly book reviews with a couple of original unpublished essays thrown in to make it more marketable. It consists in the main of two kinds of essays: those that Lewis himself chose not to publish, and little workaday book reviews that he did, though momentarily in literary and theological periodicals of the day. Lewis, belonged to a richer, classical world where reason is imaginative and the imagination is rational.
Are images all that make an experience? And yet this would be a three-star book at best, being a cynical? Philology is absent, unless you call grammar philology. We want to help you see Christ in culture. It was part of his genius to recognize that rationality and religion, the material and the metaphorical all inform one another. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. Theology ministers understanding, so that we can live out our knowledge of God. What I like about reading Lewis in his writings about literature is I get more insight into the way his mind worked, what was important to him and how he engaged in disagreement always a gentleman. If readers have not read the same books Lewis did, this may spark your interest in Medieval and Renaissance literature, poetry, or Greek classics.
The selection includes his thoughts on the books written by his friends, the Inklings Tolkien, etc , and his opinions on several books, or translations of books. I was surprised to find that this book was a collection of pieces not printed in Lewis' lifetime, so no editing on his part took place. But I am concerned with that School not as an historical fact but as an approximation to an ideal. The published reviews are pleasant enough, but belong very much to their time, and rarely have the depth of thought one expects absolutely anywhere else in Lewis even his letters. A list of our best narrative poems would contain Troilus, The Faerie Queene, The Prelude, Don Juan, and Endymion, and would leave out all our classical epics save one. I have trod softly in this review, my only goal being to dissuade a certain sort of reader who reads Lewis for the stories or apologetics, and to persuade another sort of reader who favors the academic side. He did not see the latter as genuine on the part of humans.
We were not an emptiness which the classics filled, nor a patient on which they acted. Imagination is where God gives creative form to his thoughts, and literary forms to his word. To Lewis, the imagination moved along the lines of creative compulsion. The book includes several book reviews and prefaces Lewis wrote, and most of them will appeal only to readers with advanced training in literature and a particular interest in Milton, Chaucer, Boethius, or classic, medieval, and renaissance literature. I am very grateful to both. The answer to that is a very simple one. The change which the classics undergo when we take them into our own imagination is precisely a change of spirit or temper.
These would be more helpful as footnotes and less likely to be missed , but they add immeasurably to the reviews. For instance, note the use of image or analogy in this quote from The Weight of Glory: Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. Imagination and the arts in C. The essays and reviews substantiate Lewis's reputation as an eloquent and authoritative critic across a wide range of literature, and as a keen judge of contemporary scholarship, while his reviews of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will be of additional interest to scholars and students of fantasy. Whether you view this as three or five stars will depend on what sort of reader you are.
Ovid's erotic poetry, received by our culture, becomes the poetry of Courtly Love; his mythological poetry becomes the wonder of Chaucer and Gower, the allegorical and astrological pantheon of Fulgentius and Lydgate, the gods of Botticelli, Titian, and Tintoretto, the emblematic deities of masque and ballet and pantomime, and the capitalized abstractions of eighteenth-century verse. Sayers, The Mind of the Maker 25 Selected sermons: A Selection from the Occasional Sermons of Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, ed. I mean, of course, Old French. Most attempts to transplant an ancient form into English literature have failed. There is no question of new wine being poured into old bottles: rather, a little new wine is poured into a lot of old wine. ¹ Bacon, Novum Organum, i.
So now we come to more likely readers for this collection. University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press. This is conservatism at its highest. Brevity compels me to be dogmatic; but it is not really a subject that admits of discussion. There are no armchair disciples.
Table for converting page references to chapter numbers. If any question of the value of classical studies were before us, you would find me on the extreme right. I definitely enjoyed Lewis' discussion of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, but otherwise his book is only for the most intense and academic of Lewis scholars and historians. The student is asked to know about Beowulf or Pearl just those things which the classical examiner demands that he should know about Virgil or Sophocles. Image and Imagination presents some of C. Now, Lewis was a tireless writer—lest we think that he was given to mere bookishness—whose reading proved more than an end in itself.