Excerpt from Teaching the Drama and the Essay
And so it comes to pass that great books impart a knowledge of human nature - general and par ticular. They teach us to know man and to know men. How one grows in spiritual and intellectual stature as he reads Macaulay's essay on Milton! He discovers that Cavalier and Puritan are not merely two figures in English history but that they are two eternal human types, and that he himself approximates to one or the otherand possesses cor responding advantages and defects. He sees now as never before that loyalty is sometimes unright cous and that righteousness is sometimes disloyal; that the good man finds it hard to be a tolerant man, and that the man who puts not virtue in the first place will be ultimately overcome. And the great blind poet, hitherto an abstraction, becomes real to him, and like himself a child Of Heaven and' a child of sin, like himself the victim of pain and penury and circumstance, like himself tormented by unrealized ideals and the agony Of unrest. And all this and ever so much more, be it remarked in passing, one may secure from the essay without so much as suspecting that Macaulay wrote balanced sentences.
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