Festus

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Festus

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Evidence

Elizabeth Barrett to Richard Hengist Horne, letter postmarked 21 February 1844: "[italics]Have[end italics] I read ""Festus""? Certainly I have [...] Oh yes! I was much struck by ""Festus"" [...] Both the ""Festus"" & the supplement apologetic to it, which appeared in the Monthly Repository (I think) filled me with admiration [...] Its [italics]fault[end italics] is an extraordinary inequality -- so really one falls down precipices continually; & from pinnacles of grandeur, into profundities of badness. Parts of the poem are as bad, & as weak as is well possible to be conceived of: and moreover [...] there is an occasional coarseness & gratuitous indelicacy [...] Also, I will not say that there is not some over-daring in relation to divine things [...] But when all is said, what poet-stuff remains!"

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Notes
Text a version of the Faust myth. In letter quoted, Barrett also recalls her recommendation of the work to her friend Thomas Westwood, who was shocked by its content (see vol.7 p.176 in same edition of The Brownings' Correspondence).

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England
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Barrett, Elizabeth
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The Brownings' Correspondence
Related place
England
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Festus

Reading experience
Identifer:
ukred-17305

Evidence

Elizabeth Barrett to Richard Hengist Horne, letter postmarked 21 February 1844: "[italics]Have[end italics] I read ""Festus""? Certainly I have [...] Oh yes! I was much struck by ""Festus"" [...] Both the ""Festus"" & the supplement apologetic to it, which appeared in the Monthly Repository (I think) filled me with admiration [...] Its [italics]fault[end italics] is an extraordinary inequality -- so really one falls down precipices continually; & from pinnacles of grandeur, into profundities of badness. Parts of the poem are as bad, & as weak as is well possible to be conceived of: and moreover [...] there is an occasional coarseness & gratuitous indelicacy [...] Also, I will not say that there is not some over-daring in relation to divine things [...] But when all is said, what poet-stuff remains!"

Source

The Brownings' Correspondence

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Notes
Text a version of the Faust myth. In letter quoted, Barrett also recalls her recommendation of the work to her friend Thomas Westwood, who was shocked by its content (see vol.7 p.176 in same edition of The Brownings' Correspondence).

How to cite this record

You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. It cannot be used commercially without permission. Please ensure the following credit accompanies it:

The Brownings' Correspondence
http://eured.univ-lemans.fr/dbworkshop/index.php/Detail/objects/72032
Accessed on 2019/12/05 18:52:00

Related place
England
Related people
Barrett, Elizabeth
Related text or manuscript
The Brownings' Correspondence
Related place
England
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Monthly Repository (I think) filled me with admiration [...] Its [italics]fault[end italics] is an 
extraordinary inequality -- so really one falls down precipices continually; &amp; from pinnacles of 
grandeur, into profundities of badness. Parts of the poem are as bad, &amp; as weak as is well 
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