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Parnassian   Listen
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Parnassian  n.  One of a school of French poets of the Second Empire (1852-70) who emphasized metrical form and made little use of emotion as poetic material; so called from the name (Parnasse contemporain) of the volume in which their first poems were collected in 1866.






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"Parnassian" Quotes from Famous Books



... thousand poets. But, above all these, the Thames has furnished a more frequent theme, and for great poets, too! Every aspirant for the immortal bays has tried his 'prentice hand on it, from Chaucer, in excelsis, down to the poet Close at the foot of the Parnassian ladder! ...
— She and I, Volume 1 • John Conroy Hutcheson

... I'd cursed was writ; and when I cried, "What portent this?" the rare celestial dame Replied: "Read here, O Ingrate base, the name of him thou'st cursed. The very man of all men who should be the first Thy love and lasting gratitude to know, since he Still leaves the path Parnassian open unto thee— A path which thou with halting rhyme, most ill composed, Against thyself hast sought to keep forever closed. Read thou thy lines again!" Ah! bitter was the cup. I read, withdrew the curse—and ...
— Cobwebs from a Library Corner • John Kendrick Bangs

... Still towards the steep Parnassian way The moon-led pilgrims wend, Ah, who of all that start to-day Shall ever reach ...
— Robert Louis Stevenson, an Elegy; And Other Poems • Richard Le Gallienne

... to a physical labor, and will concentrate all the powers and energies of your mind upon the work in hand, the very force of your will and your desire will create within you an enthusiasm which will be of far more practical value to you than any cheap inspiration drawn from some Parnassian spring. You can, in fact, by this very business-like method of working, create on demand a species of inspiration, or mental vigor, which will enable you, not exactly to dash off a masterpiece with no real effort on your part, but to achieve by actual labor those things which you desire to do. ...
— Short Story Writing - A Practical Treatise on the Art of The Short Story • Charles Raymond Barrett



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