Subjects — D
Honor the greatest poet.
It appears to me that men are hired to run down men of genius under the mask of translators, but Dante gives too much of Caesar: he is not a republican.
He stood bewildered, not appalled, on that dark shore which separates the ancient and the modern world. … He is power, passion, self-will personified.
His very words are instinct with spirit; each is as a spark, a burning atom of inextinguishable thought; and many yet lie covered in the ashes of their birth and pregnant with a lightning which has yet found no conductor.