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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And when they read our reasons then given for our entrance into the war, what had been fear became enthusiasm. They have to round out a noble task — to make the sense engoish order and the will for justice prime objects of its instruction ; the realization of all that Authority which is legitimate. So Helvetius thought the very loathing of one’s own lot a high prerogative of man, if, instead of dulling our sensibility in a slothful sub- mission, it awaken it and become a spur to action.

Apr 28, Drew Maher rated it liked it. Utopian but not completely egalitarian, this society would resemble something like ancient Athens, in which the spiritual balance, harmony, and hierarchy of its social organizations and individuals would be reflected in the beauty and genius of its achievements in the arts and sciences.

He stages this engkish as a lecture being delivered by an elderly teacher named Prospero to his young students. His kindly power goes even out at times to those who would deny him. ARIEL With spread-out wings, in a lcx se and floating garment which the caress of the light upon the bronze damascened into gold, his broad forehead lifted up, his lips just opening with a tranquil smile, all of Ariel’s attitude most admirably showed that gra- cious moment just preceding flight; and, with happy inspiration, the same art which had given the image its sculptured limbs had succeeded in preserving in his face that look of the seraph and the lightness of englsh ideal.

So we may call it a platonical monologue. Warning of the danger of educating towards specialization, he cites how the beauty of Athens reflected a society in which balancing human faculties was highly valued. They complain of the high cost of living, when for a lustrum men have not thought of living but of killing ; they marvel that those things of real value, which the world has neglected to plant or rear, have grown so scarce. Had some interesting parts, but mostly not worth the time.

All in civilization that is more than material excellence, economic prosperity, is a height that will be levelled when moral authority is given to the average mind. Born — to employ Beau- delaire’s paradox — with the innate ex- perience of liberty, they have kept them- selves faithful to the law of their birth; and have developed, with the precision and certainty of a mathematical progression, the fundamental principles of their organi- zation.


Even if the love and admiration of beauty did not answer of themselves to a lofty impulse in the rational being, had not also worth enough to be cultivated for themselves alone, it would be a motive highly moral which proposed the culture of the aesthetic sentiment as a matter of high interest for all. La idealidad de lo hermoso no apasiona al descendiente de los austeros puritanos.

Ariel : Jose Enrique Rodo :

Ariel is beautiful, graceful, and noble, while Caliban is coarse and barbarous, he explains. The fa- mous line in which the slave of the old play affirmed that nothing human was strange to him, being human himself, forms part of that cry of the heart which is eternal in the human consciousness be- cause its meaning is inexhaustible.

A democracy not sub- ject to a superior instruction, not trained in liberal schools to the understanding of true human excellence, tends always to that abominable brutality of the majority which despises the greater moral benefits of liberty and annuls in public opinion all respect for the dignity of the individual.

Grace, inquietude, are proscribed from the attitudes of its soul, as was all action from its images of life. Nor should you forget that even in blN terness of thought, as in joy, there may ever be a starting-point for action, often a fertile suggestion. So Bourget could say, of the specu- lators of Minneapolis and Chicago that ARIEL they are of the mould of gladiators, that their fighting power of attack or of defence is as of Napoleon’s soldiers of the Guard.

And more than for these words of mine I would have you ever remember tenderly this little figure of Ariel. Ariel can but be vanquished by its triumph. Without this durable, human result, raised above the transitory end of the immediately useful, the power and grandeur of empires are but as dreams of a night in the existence of man, to be unheeded, uncounted in the doings of the day which weave the world’s destiny. This is why your moral philosophy, in labour or in combat, should be the reverse of the Horatian carpe diem ; treat the pres- ent moment only as the first step in the stairway you are to tread, or as a breach in the enemy wall you are to enter by.

This work of Rodo’s, when it first ap- peared, some years since, lay in piles of popular editions in every bookstall in Buenos Aires and other South American cities.

No one will say that Edgar Poe was not an anomalous individual, rebellious to the influences engllsh him: Palm by palm, of its own impulse, it will win what space it needs to establish its kingdom among all the other manifesta- tions of life.

And from that one englieh blooming of the fulness of our nature rose the miracle of Greece — an inimitable, en- chanting mingling of animation and seren- ity, a springtime of the human spirit, a smile of history. Shape the harmoni- ous growth of your spirit for every noble way; remembering that the most easy, usual mutilation is that which in human life as it stands compels a man to forego this sort of inner life; where all things high and noble have their being, but, at the harsh breath of reality, burn in the fires of an impure passion or wither in the fur- nace of utilitarianism: In that society whose precept tends to put outside of what is obligatory the higher jos of abnegations and of vir- tue, practical considerations will always make emglish limits of obligation recede indefi- nitely.


Universal education, for example, should be applied to realize the full potential of especially talented students, instead of as a leveler.

A lively desire for a re- form of the social system which shall make secure the leading of the heroic life and assure to its thought a purer atmosphere of dignity and just consideration is now everywhere apparent, and promises to be a fundamental note in the harmonies of the coming century. And just so, in the evolution of life itself, those enchant- ing outward signs of nature which in seem- ing represent only the gift of superfluous caprice — music, the painted plumage of birds, the corolla of flowers, their perfume — are as advertisement to the insect that bears the fecund pollen.

But over all the inclinations which may bind you severally to different tasks and ways of life, you should guard in your inner soul the consciousness of the fundamental unity of our nature, which demands that every human being be, above and before all, the unspoiled pattern of a man in whom no noble faculty of the mind be obliterated, and no lofty interest for all men have lost its communicative virtue.

José Enrique Rodó

I’m about ready to burn it. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Among these peoples who feel and look on life as you do, fecundity and force will always be the dominion of the future.

Confounding the idea of democratic simplicity with Rous- seau’s state of nature, it would take the vignette of his first edition as symbolic of the antinomy between democracy and cul- ture, that famous diatribe against the arts and sciences in the enirque of morality ; a satyr, rudely seizing the torch of Prome- theus from his hands, only to learn thai its flame is mortal to him who touches it!