Nothing has raised more questioning among my critics thanthese wordsnoble,
thegrand style Ithink it will be found that the
grand style arises in poetry, when a noble nature,
poetically gifted, treats with simplicity or with severity a
serious subject. Matthew Arnold On Translating Homer; Last Words.
set in with its usual severity. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Letter to Vincent Novello, 9 May.
I thought I could not breathe in that fine air That pure severity
of perfect light I yearned for
warmth and colour which I found In Lancelot. Tennyson Idylls of the King,'Guinevere', l.640^3.