The Essays by Francis BaconBacon, an Elizabethan legal and government counselor and a scholar, wrote these enduring essays at the tail end of the 16th century. So of what practical use could they possibly be now at the start of the 21st century? From his essay “On Unity” there is this observation, “But it is greater blasphemy to personate God and bring Him in saying, I will descend and be like the prince of darkness.” You listening, Pat Robertson? Obama bin Laden? Or, from “On Suspicion,” this, “There is nothing that makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.” State school boards and their lobbyists in Kansas and Texas anyone? Then there is just generally astute stuff: “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” Or, “The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude; which in morals is the more heroical virtue…for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.” Or, “This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.” Or, “He that questioneth much shall learn much.” And if you were wondering how Shakespeare wrote all those plays without the education that Francis Bacon had: “A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time…the invention of young men is more lively than that of old, and imaginations stream into their minds better, and as if it were divinely inspired.” Shakespeare began his career young in years but old in hours as have many select others over the centuries who have managed to acquire a level of knowledge and understanding that seems beyond their years and formal education and couple it to an imagination that sees this rapidly assumed world fresh. Bacon didn’t write Shakespeare, Shakespeare did. But reading these essays you can see why some might think so, there is both wisdom and poetry in his prose. Bacon, old in hours and gone for many, many long years, endures because his work remains fresh and provocative and useful still.
Critical analysis of of studies by bacon
Our notes cover Of Truth summary and analysis. Bacon very expertly uses different types of literary devices like paradox, aphorism and climax in his essays. He usually uses condensed sentences that are ripened of meanings. He is known for his proverbial sentences. One of salient features of his style is that his short sentences carry an ocean of meanings in them. Here he begins with the subject matter of the essay.
Bacon displays a great talent for condensation. Every sentence in his essays is pregnant with meaning and is capable of being expanded into several sentences. Many of sentences appear to be proverbial saying by virtue of their gems of thoughts expressed in a pithy manner. Its can say two most in the fewest words. Its essays combine wisdom in thoughts with extreme brevity. The short pithy sayings in his essays have become popular mottoes and house hold expressions. Bacon appears before the reader in these essays not in the character of a scientist or philosopher, but as a man of the world.
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Francis Bacon was a prose writer of renaissance age, a great philosopher and pioneer of scientific thoughts. He had set some goals in his life. One is to serve his country, second is to serve the church and the other is to learn the truth. His interest in his science and reasoning lead him to write critically about the aspects of life. He wrote many essays which till today receives appreciation and is up to date. Being an essayist his aim was to share the wisdom of his life. He has a great command of condensation of the sentences.