John Ruskin | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Anthony Hecht

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of John Ruskin.
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Critical Essay by Anthony Hecht

SOURCE: "The Pathetic Fallacy," in The Yale Review, Vol. 74, No. 4, Summer, 1985, pp. 481-99.

In the following essay, Hecht explores the meaning of "pathetic fallacy," a term coined by Ruskin.

Un paysage quelconque est un etat de l'ame.

—Henri-Frederic Amiel

The world is a fair field fresh with the odor of Christ's name.

—St. Augustine

My title is a famous coinage of John Ruskin's, and comes from his five-volume study called Modern Painters. I want to begin by quoting Ruskin at some length, intruding an occasional impertinent interruption, as a way of recalling to you his original and provocative formulation, while permitting myself an obbligato of comment. I begin with a sentence of his full of high disdain and mockery.

German dulness, and English affectation, have of late much multiplied among us...

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