The Whirligig of Taste

The Whirligig of Taste

The Whirligig of Taste

The Whirligig of Taste

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The variations of literary opinion are as numerous and perplexing as those which Bossuet found among the Protestants, and arise from similar causes. There is the uncertainty about the standard of reference, and there is the difficulty of interpreting the standard when, if ever, it is found. Literary merit is a form of beauty, and--despite Burke--it is by no means demonstrated that absolute beauty exists: nor, if it does exist, is there any certainty in the application of the canon to particular cases.

Elsewhere I have said something about the general question. In the present little work I propose to deal with it historically, and to select, from the great mass of available material, a few specimens of the greater changes in literary taste which the world has seen. Only thus, in my opinion, is there any likelihood of finding something like a solid foundation amid the shifting sands of criticism.

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