Lyly, euphuism and a history of non-reading (1632–1905)
, unmannered, unadorned, or, indeed, so-called
Thus when LionelJohnson
insisted of Pater that ‘his Euphuism, if that be not too
suspect a word, was no dreamy toying with rich and strange
expressions’, he acknowledged that for many of his readers
euphuism was indeed thought to be something rich
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, resulting in the same blur, which only the
vigour of the colours fixes’ (Eliot 1920a ,
That suggestive blurring is an example of what Pound
might have identified as ‘crepuscular’ or, in his essay
‘LionelJohnson’, as late Victorian ‘muzziness’:
‘The “nineties” have chiefly gone out because of their
muzziness, because of a softness derived, I think, not from books but
Religion, Jacobitism, and the politics of representation in Lady Gregory’s The White Cockade
League of Great Britain and Ireland with a clearer
defined political aim of the Stuart restoration.84 Gregory’s mixed phrase,
including both ‘League’ and ‘White Rose’, could be a reference to either
one of these organisations. Yet it clearly indicates her awareness of more
politically inclined Jacobite ideologies prevalent at the time.
Some of the key literary figures of the 1890s had Jacobite sympathies,
including McGregor Mathers and LionelJohnson. It is in regard to the latter two, and the circle of the Rhymers Club, that Yeats was also acquainted