Tuesday, November 20, 2012

News at Eleven: [Thomas Gray's 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard']

embodies a polite form of emotion. It is controlled, restrained, to be enjoyed rather than overwhelming. It is a very liveable form of feeling.

This was the promise of Sentimentalism, a cluster of philosophical and artistic projects spanning the second half of the 18th century. The basic idea was that feeling and morality could go hand-in-hand through an innate moral sense we supposedly enjoy.

from The Spectator: Do you wish you were far from the madding crowd?


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