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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 23: Longfellow as a poet (search)
etimes tempted. Perhaps the most penetrating remark made about Longfellow's art is that of Horace Scudder: He was first of all a composer, and he saw his subjects in their relations, rather than in their essence. As a translator, he was generally admitted to have no superior in the English tongue, his skill was unvarying and absolutely reliable. Even here it might be doubted whether he ever attained the wonderful success sometimes achieved in single instances, as, for instance, in Mrs. Sarah Austen's Many a Year is in its Grave, which, under the guise of a perfect translation, yet gives a higher and finer touch than that of the original poem of Ruckert. But taking Longfellow's great gift in this direction as it was, we can see that it was somewhat akin to this quality of composition, rather than of inspiration, which marked his poems. He could find it delightful To lie And gaze into a summer sky And watch the trailing clouds go by Like ships upon the sea. But it is a vas
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
m, 108. Andersen, Hans C., 193. Andrews, William P., 234; his paper On the Translation of Faust, quoted, 233. Angler's Song, the, 79. Antwerp, 161. Appleton, Frances E. See Longfellow, Frances A. Appleton, Nathan, 121,171. Appleton, Thomas G., 103, 219, 273. Arfwedson, Mr. and Mrs., 93, 95. Arnold, Mr., 70. Arnold, Matthew, 6. Atchafalaya, Lake, 195. Athenaeum Library, 285. Atlantic Monthly, the, cited, 233 note; mentioned, 287. Auersberg, Anton A., 161. Austen, Mrs., Sarah, 269. Austin, William, 64, 68 and note. Auteuil, 46. Bacon, Lord, 164. Baireuth, 289. Baltic Sea, 132. Balzac, Honore de, 177. Bancroft, George, 71, 112; his History of the United States, mentioned, 143. Bandmann, 241, 242. Barbauld, Mrs., Anna Letitia, 62, 63. Barlow, Joel, 23. Barnard, Mr., 91. Bartlett, Elizabeth. See Wadsworth, Elizabeth B. Bartlett family, the, 13. Beattie, James, 62. Beaugency, 48. Becker, Rudolph Z., 161. Belgium, 158, 170. B