From Fragments of Old Letters E. D. to E. D. W., 1869-1892 (1914), 94-5, and from ‘The Transcendental Movement and Literature’, Contemporary Review, xxx, July 1877 (esp. 309, 315-16), reprinted in Studies in Literature (1887) (esp. 68, 78-80).
Edward Dowden (1843-1913) was in 1867 appointed to the Chair of English Literature, Trinity College, Dublin, which he held until his death. He was best known for his psychological studies of Shakespeare and of several of the nineteenth-century sages.
From Fragments from Old Letters, 15 May 1874:
…If I have time I’ll give a lecture on A. H. Clough—or two—with whom I am now a good deal in sympathy.
He knew very fully the Ascension-tide truth, ‘Unto your life’s Jerusalem return’, and, without any of Carlyle’s mystical worship of work for work’s sake, felt in a very practical way how there was a spiritual life running on through all level and bare parts of life (while he didn’t the less feel the gain of the moments of higher vision and rarer insight). The men in College now are less fortunate than we were ten years ago. Browning, Wordsworth, Clough were more beneficent influences than Swinburne, Morris, and Rossetti.
From Studies in Literature:
…The writings of one who came under the influence of Mr. Carlyle, and who was a friend of Emerson, may serve here to illustrate the