Eclogæ Aristophanicæ, selections from The clouds (The birds) with notes by C.C. Felton, ed. by T.K. Arnold, Part 1

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Pàgina 63 - Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me. You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.
Pàgina 67 - Ham. Do you see yonder cloud, that's almost in shape of a camel? Pol. By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed. Ham. Methinks, it is like a weasel. • Pol. It is backed like a weasel. Ham. Or, like a whale ? Pol. Very like a whale.
Pàgina 74 - The parabasis may partly have owed its invention to the circumstance of the comic poets not having such ample materials as the tragic, to fill up the intervals of the action when the stage was empty, by affecting and inspired poetry.
Pàgina 95 - Till they are hoarse again, yet all he law ! That with most quick agility can turn And re-turn ; can make knots and undo them. Give forked counsel, take provoking gold On either hand, and put it up.
Pàgina x - ... genius. It is impossible to study his works attentively, without feeling that his was one of the master minds of the Attic drama. The brightest flashes of a poetical spirit are constantly breaking out from the midst of the broadest merriment and the sharpest satire. An imagination of endless variety informs those lyrical passages which gem his works, and are among the most precious brilliants of the Greek language. In the drawing of characters his plays exhibit consummate skill The comedy of...
Pàgina 61 - LYCABETTUS, at the north-east extremity of the city, and above the town itself, and the rock of the Acropolis, they fly over the PARTHENON, and at last alight on the stage of the Theatre on the south side of the citadel. Before they commence their flight, they join their voices in a choral strain, replete with poetical beauty, which furnishes conclusive evidence that the poet who composed it might have been as distinguished for lyrical as he was for his dramatic excellence ; that, in a word, he might...
Pàgina 62 - ... down upon the objects of which they speak as then visible to themselves — to see the land of Pallas stretched out before them, and the lofty Temples and Statues of Athens at their feet; to trace the long trains of worshippers in festal array going over the hills to the Sacred Mysteries of Eleusis ; to follow the sacred processions winding through the streets to the Acropolis of the Athenian city ; to witness the banquets and sacrifices on solemn holidays ; to behold the crowds seated in the...
Pàgina 62 - ... furnishes conclusive evidence that the poet who composed it might have been as distinguished for lyrical as he was for his dramatic excellence ; that, in a word, he might have been a Pindar, if he had not been an Aristophanes. While listening to the beautiful language and melodious harmony of this song, the audience might almost imagine itself to be placed in the same elevated position as was occupied by those who united in giving it utterance ; and thence it might seem to contemplate all the...

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