e poem being Yankee in its effect, as Holmes says, with the dandelion and the Baltimore oriole in the tableaux of the old feudal castle.
In even the description of June he finds some of these discords and gives absolute praise only to the description of the brook.
His criticism on the measure of the poem is only the natural revolt of what he calls the old square-toed heroic against the rattlety-bang sort of verse which came in with Coleridge's Christabel.
All this was, however, written in 1849, and certainly no finer appreciation --in the current phrase — of the man Lowell was ever penned than that which Holmes wrote in 1868: I cannot help, however, saying how much I am impressed by the lusty manhood of your nature as shown in the heroic vigor of your verse; by the reach and compass of your thought; by the affluence, the felicity, and the subtilty of your illustrations, which weave with the thoughts they belong to as golden threads through the tissue of which they form part; and pe
during his senior year and his three years of study in the Law School, but it is probable that his father then resided in Boston, while his elder brother, Charles Russell Lowell, occupied Elmwood.
The great and even controlling influence exercised upon Lowell from this time by his betrothed, Maria White, who afterward became his wife, is well known, and the simplicity of their daily life is well portrayed in the following extracts from a sort of diary communicated by Lowell about the year 1849 to his friend, Charles F. Briggs, of New York, who then edited Holden's Magazine. By a letter from Briggs to R. W. Griswold
Letters of R. W, Griswold, p. 257. it would appear that he was in charge of it in January, 1850, which must have been about the time of this letter.
There is not, I think, in all Mr. Norton's delightful collection of Lowell's correspondence anything quite so thoroughly local, or giving so close a glimpse of Old Cambridge.
The editor's preface is as follows:--