In a special excursus of considerable length he has paid a tribute of the highest order to monachism, and in his characterization of Theodosius II.
By all means let universal characterization be attempted - we are about to attempt one here, though well aware of the difficulty in the present state of our knowledge - but they must at least model themselves on the composite photograph rather than the impressionist sketch.
At this point two stanzas may be quoted as well illustrating the poet's power of dramatic characterization: The king of the Burgundians he too bewailed his death: Then spake the dying hero: "Nay, now you waste your breath!
We may conclude this brief characterization of astronomy with a statement and classification of the principal lines on which astronomical researches are now pursued.
Neither play is as spontaneous or inspired as Die Rduber had been; but both mark a steady advance in characterization and in the technical art of the playwright.
The strength of this remarkable tragedy lay, not in its inflated tone or exaggerated characterization - the restricted horizon of Schiller's school-life had given him little opportunity of knowing men and women - but in the sure dramatic instinct with which it is constructed and the directness with which it gives voice to the most pregnant ideas of the time.