José Enrique Camilo Rodó Piñeyro (15 July – 1 May ) was a Uruguayan essayist. Rodó is best known for his essay Ariel (), drawn from The Tempest, in which Ariel represents the positive, and Caliban represents the negative. Ariel, by José Enrique Rodó. The book is an extended . April 5, at pm . you can also read it in english sometimes it’s just easier . Rodó, José Enrique. Ariel. Translated with an Introductory Essay by F.J. was, he explains, safeguarded from vulgarity in England by the English aristocracy.
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Francis of AssisiSchillerand Guyau. Using it for purposes merely mercenary, they never dreamed that the genius of a superior race would transfigure and transform it to a means joxe perpetuating the light and arel learning of their own being. It staves off decadence, but at the expense of ideals. Join to the spirit of youth the initiative of joose bold, the innovation of the genius. It has more than once been pointed out that the great epochs of history, its most fertile periods, are always the result of dis- tinct but coexisting forces which by their very agreement to oppose maintain the in- terest and stimulus of life, which in the quietism of a universal accord might tend to disappear.
The perfume that prevailed was that of nenuphar, pure essence suggestive but of serenity and thought. Distrust that man, he has written a book! It exists like a provisional civilization, like the preliminaries for culture, resting in utility as in some finality.
Their praiseworthy ef- forts to extend the benefits of popular educa- tion are inspired with the noble motive of communicating the rudiments of knowl- edge to the masses ; but it does egnlish appear that they also concern themselves over- much with that higher education which shall rise above the general mediocrity.
And in North America we do not yet seem to have profited by enrisue lesson. Believe me, an edu- cated sense of what is beautiful is the most efficacious collaborator in the form- ing of a delicate sense of justice.
This is why I am so ex- traordinarily concerned with the moral de- velopment of your minds. For while at the era of their Independence and Con- aariel many famous names illustrate their history in thought as well as in rodp, a half-century later de Tocqueville could say of them, the Gods are disappearing.
Of the souls of each hu- man springtime is woven that bridal dress for mankind ; and when one tries to sup- press that sublime stubbornness of hope ARIEL 11 which is born all winged from the very breast of delusion, all pessimisms are in vain, as well those which are based on reason as those which come from experi- ence.
Many others who most care for aesthetic culture and select spirit are of a like mind. In such wise recognizing, as a necessity for any progress, the selection and predominance of the best equipped, it avoids that humiliation which in other hu- man contests falls to the lot of the van- quished. Is it there that we shall find the most approximate image of our perfect State? That Tthoughtless attempt to transplant what is natural and spontaneous in one society into the soil of another where it has no roots, historically or naturally, seemed to Miche- let like the attempt to incorporate by mere transference a dead organism in a living body.
The very culmination of that morality is only that of Franklin ; a sriel of conduct which has for its goal a commonplace sa- gacity, a prudent usefulness, in whose bosom will never rise the emotions of holi- ness or heroism; and which, fit only to give to one’s conscience in the common affairs of life a certain moral support — like the apple-tree cane with which Frank- lin ever walked — is but a fragile staff with which to surmount great heights.
It triumphed by opposing the rod of the youth within them — embalsamed, as it were, by the libation of a new wine — to the severity of the Stoics and the decrepitude of the people of the Roman world.
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Of the stones of Carthage not one remains to bear any message of light, and all the immen- sity of Babylon or Nineveh does not fill in ARIEL human memory the hollow of man’s hand as compared with the few furlongs that lie between the Acropolis and the Piraeus.
So Carlyle said of the souls of his heroes. And Maud would wish her grave still farther, farther down, deeper yet within the earth; the dim noises of its surface serve but to keep alive the consciousness that she is dead. Login to access PDF. It is not material, still less mechanical, but the life-giving quality of a thing: ThusBourget thinks that universal triumph of democratic institu- tions will make civilization lose in profun- dity what it gains in extension.
I would that the image, light ernique graceful, of this bronze, impress itself upon your inmost spirit.
Gaston Deschamps has noted it, in France, com- menting on the tardy initiative of the younger generation in public life or cul- 24 ARIEL ture, and the scanty original thought which they contribute to the beaten track of rldo prevailing ideas. And the old king would as- sure his people that though no one of them might accompany him there, his hospitality areil there just as gener- ous, as great, in that mysterious retreat as ever ; only that his guests there bidden were invisible, impalpable.
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In the hands of the U. But it is a typical message from South America; and, as such, well worth our attention.
He is the eponymous arel in the epopee of man, the immortal protagonist, since first his ARIEL presence inspired the feeble struggles of reason in primitive man, when he first knitted his brow in the effort to shape the flint, or to scratch rude drawings jkse a rein- deer’s bones ; since first with his arms he fanned the sacred fire which the ancient Aryan, progenitor of the peoples we call civilized, lit, by what mystery we know not, on the banks of the Ganges, and forged from the divine flame mose sceptre of man’s mastery.
Their conception of the dignity of life was linked closely to this lofty conception of leisure; the classical attitude finds its correction and its com- plement in our modern belief in the dig- nity of labour; and both employments of one’s spirit shall make up a rhythm of individual life whose necessary mainte- nance needs no insistence on my part.
Caliban has there no word for Ariel, and all that Ariel represents.
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And now I come to the very theme of my discourse, and the relation to it of this spirit of imita- tion. Enriquw best work is that which is realized without arriel for immediate success, the most glorious effort that which places the goal beyond the visible horizon, and the purest abnegation that which re- nounces for the present, not indeed the laurel of men’s applause, but the bliss of seeing one’s labour consummate and its goal attained.
You may not be its founders ; but you will at all events be its forerunners.