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Albion The Origins of the English Imagination Read & Download Ù 104 ↠ ✭ [PDF] ✪ Albion The Origins of the English Imagination By Peter Ackroyd ✺ – With his characteristic enthusiasm and erudition Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London A Biography with an inspired lookA host of sometimes contradictory elements pragmatism and whimsy blood and gore a passion for the past a delight in eccentricity and much A brilliant engaging The Origins of eBook #180 and often surprising narrative Albion reveals the manifold nature of English genius. Although I was initially unsure of whether I would enjoy reading this book or not I think it was a very intriguing and thought provoking read I can see how some people may not like the text I myself would not have picked this up if it hadn't been reuired for my British Studies minor but I'd recommend this to anyone genuinely interested in English culture including the literature architecture art language and history of the countryWhat I liked Ackroyd identified numerous ualities of England and it's history that apply to various aspects of the country's culture including a sense of melancholy a taste for blood and gore in drama and literature as well as ghost stories a mix of high and low culture the durability of Catholicism a sentimental attachment to the past the role of geography and environment and the art of assimilation to name just a few The author provides multiple examples from the medieval ages to today His descriptions of physical places gardens the ocean crumbling ruins forests and foggy moors are illustrated beautifully by his writing style and are especially memorableWhat I didn'tUnfortunately Ackroyd tends to mention examples than are necessary often distracting from the point he is intending to make in the chapter and giving readers the feel of an info dump If the reader is unfamiliar with some of the works or figures he is referencing it can be frustrating and lead to a tendency to skim through some paragraphs Another issue I noticed was that some aspects of his argument for the English Imagination are easier to see and understand such as those listed above but others are less understandable and are lacking in evidence the use of alliteration for instance Overall however I did enjoy reading this book and will most likely reread it sometime in the future

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Ure and painting philosophy and science architecture and music from Anglo Saxon Albion The PDFEPUBtimes to the twentieth century Considering what is most English about artists as diverse as Chaucer William Hogarth Benjamin Britten and Viriginia Woolf Ackroyd identifies. Albion traces ideas images and patterns across the centuries to consider what it means to be English Any Anglophile will enjoy the many and varied cultural references linked within Ackroyd's dense but fascinating text Beginning and ending with Englishmen I admire historian the Venerable Bede d 735 and composer Ralph Vaughan Williams d 1958 these two disparate personalities were brought together in one memorable statementThe embrace of present and past time in which English antiuarianism becomes a form of alchemy engenders a strange timelessness It is as if the little bird which flew through the Anglo Saxon banueting hall in Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum gained the outer air and became the lark ascending in Vaughan Williams's orchestral setting The unbroken chain is that of English music itselfTo me reading this book was like examining the contents of an ancient attic trunk ruminating on the people places and things that made you who you are When you come to the end of your literary pilgrimage you're better for having experienced it

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Albion The Origins of the English ImaginationWith his characteristic enthusiasm and erudition Peter Ackroyd Origins of PDF #9734 follows his acclaimed London A Biography with an inspired look into the heart and the history of the English imagination To tell the story of its evolution Ackroyd ranges across literat. Proficient literary history Traces specific thematics and elements from the earliest of Ole English to the Romantics such as British melancholia and blue humour the marvellous and oneirics and devotion incipient post apocalyptics nationalism territorial imperatives and so on Coverage of most major authors and movements though I wanted on Milton Author wants to emphasize a continuity from the ancient post roman worldSome cool observations such as how the Anglo Saxon word 'wolcen' means both cloud and sky as if they were synonyms 73 Or how Pelagius refused to countenance the orthodox belief that humankind had inherited the primal guilt of Adam and that 'original sin' thereby damned the world to perdition without the intervention of divine grace; he was a thoroughly English heretic 127 Or that for many centuries translation itself was the characteristic activity of the English imagination 199 Or that Goethe mocked the English obsession with the ruined fabric of the past 242 Or that in the vernacular Bible lies one of the sources of the English imagination rooted as it is in the speech of the people 293 The gothic as representing once the fear of an ancient but not forgotten past 373 The admixture of the artificial and the genuine the blurring of distinction between fact and fiction is a truly English joke 403 And so on Overall the history of the English imagination is the history of adaptation and assimilation Englishness is the principle of diversity itself 448 an ideology fit for an empire on which the sun may never setPlenty of interest and complexity here nothing so much sustained a collection of interrelated vignettes