Preface to aTwenty Volume Suicide Note. Jones Title of poetry collection.
The world is a great volume, and man the index of that book. John Donne 'Sermon preached at the Funeral of Sir William
Cockayne', 12 Dec.
When we run
over libraries, persuaded of these principles, what
havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume; of
divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us
ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning
concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any
experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact or
existence? No.Commit itthen tothe flames: for it can contain
nothing but sophistry and illusion. David Hume An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding,
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and
enduring volume can ever be written on the
flea, though many there be who have tried it. 564 Herman Melville Moby Dick, ch.104.
To be thoroughly conversant with a Man'sheart istotake our final lesson in
the iron-clasped volume of despair. EdgarAllan Poe
'Marginalia', in the Southern Literary Messenger, Jun.
Books of poetry by young writersareusually promissory notes that are
never met. Now and then, however, one comes across a
volume that is so far above the average that one can hardly
resist the fascinating temptation of recklessly
prophesying a fine future for its author. Such a book Mr Yeats's
Wanderings of Oisin certainly is. Here we find nobility of
treatment and nobility of subject- matter, delicacy of
poetic instinct and richness of imaginative
resource. Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills Wilde In the Pall Mall Gazette,12 Jul.