In such a soil grew Homer
and Confucius and the rest, and out of such a wilderness comes the Reformer eating locusts and wild honey.
That tailor Billings, from Tennessee, wrote poetry that Homer
and Shakespeare couldn't begin to come up to; but nobody would print it, nobody read it but his neighbors, an ignorant lot, and they laughed at it.
In particular they include a tchinovnik (one of the literary staff in some government department), who is so well-read that he can expound Homer
or any other author--in fact, ANYTHING, such a man of talent is he
When not engaged in reading Virgil, Homer
, or Mistral, in parks, restaurants, streets, and suchlike public places, he indited sonnets (in French) to the eyes, ears, chin, hair, and other visible perfections of a nymph called Therese, the daughter, honesty compels me to state, of a certain Madame Leonore who kept a small cafe for sailors in one of the narrowest streets of the old town.
On one stood Homer
, a most striking likeness, Richard affirmed, “as any one might see, for it was blind,” Another bore the image of a smooth-visaged gentleman with a pointed beard, whom he called Shakespeare.
Surely it was in this way that Homer
saw the plain of Troy, that Dante saw the abodes of the departed, that Milton saw the earthward flight of the Tempter.
It reminds one comically of the traitorous little bell which in pigeon-fanciers', lofts notifies the return of a homer
Just so, too, Jacobus Hugo has satisfied himself that, by Euenis, Homer
meant to insinuate John Calvin; by Antinous, Martin Luther; by the Lotophagi, Protestants in general; and, by the Harpies, the Dutch.
but the society of many families, which was first instituted for their lasting, mutual advantage, is called a village, and a village is most naturally composed of the descendants of one family, whom some persons call homogalaktes, the children and the children's children thereof: for which reason cities were originally governed by kings, as the barbarian states now are, which are composed of those who had before submitted to kingly government; for every family is governed by the elder, as are the branches thereof, on account of their relationship thereunto, which is what Homer
says, "Each one ruled his wife and child;" and in this scattered manner they formerly lived.
's words are as costly and admirable to Homer
as Agamemnon's victories are to Agamemnon.
Pope need not have been jealous of Addison's friend, for his own translation of Homer
was a great success, and people soon forgot the other.
If they continued to sing like their great predecessor of romantic themes, they were drawn as by a kind of magnetic attraction into the Homeric style and manner of treatment, and became mere echoes of the Homeric voice: in a word, Homer
had so completely exhausted the epic genre, that after him further efforts were doomed to be merely conventional.