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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XI (search)
mes should read the latter of these two poems, though he is still permitted to add the former. From the moment when Lowell read his Commemoration Ode at Cambridge, that great poem took for him the same position; while out of any hundred critics ninety-nine would place the Day in June as the best of his shorter passages, and the Bigelow Papers, of course, stand collectively for his humor. Emerson's The Problem—containing the only verses by a living author hung up for contemplation in Westminster Abbey—still stands as the highwater mark of his genius, although possibly, so great is the advantage possessed by a shorter poem, it may be superseded at last by his Daughters of Time. No one doubts that Bayard Taylor will go down to fame, if at all, by his brief Legend of Balaklava, and Julia Ward Howe by her Battle Hymn of the Republic. It is, perhaps, characteristic of the even and well-distributed muse of Whittier that it is less easy to select his high-water mark; but perhaps My Playm
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XVIII (search)
XVIII The Westminster Abbey of a book catalogue the American visitor enters Westminster Abbey prepared to be hushed in awe before the multitude of great names. To his amazement he finds himseoets' Corner itself through avenues of Browns, Joneses, and Robinsons. It seems that even Westminster Abbey affords no test of greatness, nor do any of the efforts to ascertain it by any other test great Library of American Literature of Stedman and Hutchinson aims to furnish a sort of Westminster Abbey or Valhalla, where the relative value of different writers may be roughly gauged by the nu under a hereditary aristocracy their high position may be a curse to the community. This Westminster Abbey of the newspapers excites no such feelings as Heine confesses himself to have experienced among the graves of the crowned heads at Westminster Abbey in London. He tells us that he did not grudge the eighteen pence he had paid to see them; but told the verger that he was delighted with h
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Index (search)
field, Lord, 110, 167, 179, 180. Beecher, H. W., 60. Besant, Walter, 74. Bigelow, 54. Billings, Josh, 59. Black, William, 202. Blaine, J. G., 110. Blake, William, 218. Bonaparte, Napoleon, 28, 52, 109, 188, 234. Book catalogue, a Westminster Abbey, 152. Boston, the, of Emerson's day, 62. Boyesen, H. H., 144, 171. Bremer, Fredrika, 57. Bridaine, Jacques, 215. Brougham, Henry, 224. Brown, Charles Brockden, 51. Brown, John, 16, 155. Brown, J. Brownlee, 104. Browning, Robertlworth, M. T., 198, 200. Ward, Artemus, 59. Warner, C. D., 2. 72. Washington, George, 112, 155. Wasson, D. A., v., 103. Weapons of precision, 192. Webb, R. D., 29. Webster, Daniel, 155, 224. Weiss, John, 104. Weller, Sam, 182. Westminster Abbey of a book catalogue, 152. White, J. Blanco, 98. Whitman, Walt, 58, 67, 100. Whittier, J. G., 25, 60, 62, 66. Wieland, C. M., 90. Wilde, Oscar, 93. William the Silent, 6. Willis, N. P., 27, 28, 29, 93. Wilkins, Mary E., 11. Wins