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Imaginative poetry produces a far greater mental strain than novels. It produces probably the severest strain of any form of literature. It is the highest form of literature. It yields the highest form of pleasure, and teaches the highest form of wisdom.
Dangers To Avoid
And still another danger is the danger of developing a policy of rush, of being gradually more and more obsessed by what one has to do next. In this way one may come to exist as in a prison, and one's life may cease to be one's own.
Cottage And Farmhouse Furniture - Seventeenth Century Styles
The hardness of oak as a wood is one of the factors which determined the styles of decoration of the furniture into which it was fashioned. It was not easily endowed with intricate carved work, even at the hands of accomplished craftsmen.
The Gate-Leg Table
In the Chippendale period X-shaped, cluster-leg, gate tables are found, and turning was used in this cluster-leg form. The inventiveness shown in such a device as the gate-leg table was too evident to escape adoption by famous makers.
The Farmhouse Dresser
The various types of dresser associated with the farmhouse are interesting as being, apart from the side-board, a later fashion belonging to furniture of a higher type.
The Bible-Box, The Cradle, The Spinning Wheel, And The Bacon Cupboard
In the acquisition of Bible-boxes the novice must carefully learn the exact limitations of the school of wood-workers in this minor field. The touch of the foreign craftsman should be easily recognizable, with its piquancy and real artistic feeling.
Cottage And Farmhouse Furniture - Eighteenth Century Styles
The chief innovations of the early eighteenth century followed the Dutch lines familiarized in the preceding days of William and Mary. Oak remained in use in farmhouse and country furniture, but in the fashionable world walnut was extensively used, and occasionally mahogany.
The Evolution Of The Chair
In order to deal exhaustively with the evolution of the chair from its earliest forms to the latest developments in sumptuous upholstery, it would be necessary to make an extended survey of furniture, dating back to early classic days.
The Windsor Chair
There is no doubt that we owe the considerable output of Windsor chairs in the middle of the eighteenth century to the growth of coffee-houses, and especially the numerous tea and pleasure gardens on the outskirts of London and other great towns.
Local Types Of Cottage And Farmhouse Furniture
The charm of collecting cottage and farmhouse furniture lies in the wide area over which it is found. Those who have given special attention to collecting it have learned instinctively to differentiate between the work of various localities.
Cottage And Farmhouse Furniture - Miscellaneous Ironwork, Etc.
The everyday iron utensils and implements of the cottages were simple. It is one of the curious features of the English peasantry that just as they clung to their oak of generations back when mahogany was in vogue, so they adhered tenaciously to ironwork of almost mediaeval character when other metals were in fashionable everyday use.
Old English Chintzes
Chintz or printed cotton was, in the old days, the only decorative fabric known to the village upholsterer. When persons of wealth hung their windows with silk brocades and covered their chairs with costly needlework and damasks, the rural cabinet-maker was supplying his modest clientele with these homely patterns printed upon common cloth.
Shakespeare's England and London
Shakespeare's England was merry England. There was plenty of time for amusement. There were public bowling-greens and archery butts in Stratford, though the corporation was very strict in regard to the hours when these could be used.
Shakespeare - Biographical Facts and Traditions
While it is probable that the sale of Shakespeare's poems brought him in some financial return, he is not likely to have profited from the publication of his plays.
Shakespeare's Reading
To deal adequately with Shakespeare's reading in the plays of his time would be to write a history of the Elizabethan drama. Older dramatists, like Preston, Gascoigne, and Whetstone, he knew, for he quotes Cambyses, and from the two last he derives material for the plots of The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure.
Shakespeare - Chronology and Development
The fact that at the beginning of Shakespeare's career stage plays were hardly regarded as literature at all and were not published by their authors, deprives us of the evidence usually afforded by date of publication.
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