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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Chapter 9: negro Spirituals. (search)
leted the new specimen by supplying the absent parts. The music I could only retain by ear, and though the more common strains were repeated often enough to fix their impression, there were others that occurred only once or twice. The words will be here given, as nearly as possible, in the original dialect; and if the spelling seems sometimes inconsistent, or the misspelling insufficient, it is because I could get no nearer. I wished to avoid what seems to me the only error of Lowell's Biglow papers in respect to-dialect,--the occasional use of an extreme misspelling, which merely confuses the eye, without taking us any closer to the peculiarity of sound. The favorite song in camp was the following,--sung with no accompaniment but the measured clapping of hands and the clatter of many feet. It was sung perhaps twice as often as any other. This was partly due to the fact that it properly consisted of a chorus alone, with which the verses of other songs might be combined at r
oduced, but Will Thompson's The high Tide at Gettysburg is an inspiring description of Pickett's charge, James Russell Lowell in 1863 The poet who recited his ode at the Harvard Commemoration looked thus on that memorable occasion. He was born in 1819 at Cambridge, Massachusetts, of a long line of eminent New Englanders. In Harvard he was poet of his class. During the Mexican War he won immense popularity by his series of satirical poems in Yankee dialect, collected in 1848 as The Biglow papers. In 1855 he was appointed to succeed Longfellow in the Smith Professorship of Modern Languages. The additional distinction he had gained as editor of The Atlantic Monthly and later of The North American review made him the logical poet at the commemoration service held by Harvard University on July 21, 1865, for its students and graduates who had perished in the war. His ode, not very enthusiastically received that day, has made him the foremost poet of American patriotism. His late
nd, its voyage closed and done, From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won; Exult O shores, and ring O bells! But I, with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. Walt Whitman. Ode recited at the Harvard commemoration The ode from which the two strophes below are selected is in some respects the highest achievement thus far in American literature. James Russell Lowell, who had already made his name in letters by the Yankee humor of the Biglow papers, had since 1855 been Smith Professor of modern Languages in Harvard University. It was very natural, therefore, that he should be selected to write the official ode for the commemoration services held by Harvard College on July 21, 1865, for its sons who had fallen during the war. After his acceptance of the honor he tried in vain to write the poem. Only two days before the celebration he told one of his friends that it was impossible, that he was dull as a Lincoln: the last si
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 18: literary traits. (search)
t, p. 308. This last is very nearly what Coleridge said of Scott. He said, Not twenty lines of Scott's poetry will ever reach posterity; it has relation to nothing. Alsop's Letters, conversations, etc. Of Coleridge, Am. ed. p. 116. Coleridge erred as to Scott, and Margaret Fuller as to Lowell; but we must remember that Scott's poetry was all published when Coleridge's criticism was made; while Margaret Fuller wrote when Lowell had printed only his Class poem and two early volumes; the Biglow papers and Sir Launfal, and all the works by which he is now best known being still unwritten. It was simply a mistaken literary estimate, not flavored with the slightest personal sting ; and it would be hardly possible, in these milder days, for such a criticism to call out the kind of retaliation that is to be found in the Fable for critics. But that was a period, as has already been intimated, of great literary truculence; a time when, as Heine says of the Germans, an author, like an A
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Chapter 9: the beginnings of verse, 1610-1808 (search)
y bombastic passage from a current newspaper and travesty its style in heroic couplets with a result that has not yet quite lost its flavour. The satire probably owed something to the parodies of The Anti-Jacobin, though in this case the matter and not the form is burlesqued. At the close of the century the long satiric poem in Hudibrastic verse or heroic couplet was already passing away in England, though American versifiers continued to imitate the outworn models. In the light of The Biglow papers all these early beginnings seem faint and pale; but they are still significant as indications of the growth of national consciousness. It should also be noted that in average merit our early verse satire is probably not inferior to its counterpart in England. There is little to be said for the genre on either side of the water. Volumes of miscellaneous short poems began to appear in 1765, but, owing to the Revolution and its attendant changes, ceased almost entirely between 1770
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index. (search)
H. A., 243, 243 n. Beginnings of American dramatic literature, the, 215 n. Benevolence of the Deity, 77 n., 78 n. Benjamin, Park, 241 Bentham, Jeremy, 309 Bentley, Richard, 252, 255 Beppo, 282 Berber, the, 320 Bergman, T. O., 186 Berkeley, Bishop, 57, 58, 67, 81, 83, 84, 191, 214, 266 Berkeley, Gov., William, 25 Bernard, Governor, 125, 132 Bernard, John, 189, 292 Betrothal, the, 223, 230 Beverley, Robert, 26 Bianca Visconti, 224 Biddle, Nicholas, 204, 205 Biglow papers, the, 176 Bird, Robert Montgomery, 221-222, 224, 225, 231, 308, 309, 311, 319 Blackmore, Sir, Richard, 158, 159, 161 Blackwood's magazine, 206, 208, 292 Blair, James, 263, 271 Blake, William, 358 Blanche of Brandywine, 226 Bland, Edward, 5, 6, 10 Bleecker, Mrs., Ann Eliza, 179 Blessington, Lady, 242 Blockheads, the, 217 Blumenbach, J. F., 186 Body of liberties, 39 Boehme, Jacob, 188 Bohn, Henry, 252 Boker, George Henry, 222-223, 224, 230 Bonneville, Cap
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 2: the Worcester period (search)
ll cover nine or ten pages. I am sorry to say that this household unites in the opinion that February is a decidedly poor number. Mrs. Howe is tedious. To-day grim and disagreeable, though not without power; Love and skates [Theodore Winthrop] trashy and second-rate; and Bayard Taylor below plummet-sounding of decent criticism. His mediocre piece had a certain simplicity and earnestness, but this seems to me only fit for the Ledger in its decline. I could only raise one smile over the Biglow ( rod, perch, or pole ), but I suppose that will be liked. Whittier's poem is daring, but successful; Agassiz has covered the same ground often. Whipple uses considerable atrociously at beginning of last critical notice, and Snow has a direful misprint on page 195 (end of] paragraph)--South for Earth. I liked Ease in work, Fremont and artists in Italy. The thing that troubled me most, though, was the absence of a strong article on the war, especially as January had none. I see men buyi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, A Glossary of Important Contributors to American Literature (search)
s Russell Born in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 22, 1819. Graduating from Harvard in 1838, he was admitted to the bar, but devoted himself to literature. He contributed to The liberty Bell, anti-slavery standard, and the Boston Courier in which the Biglow papers appeared (1846-48). He issued his first collection of verse, A year's life, in 1841; A legend of Brittany (1844); Conversations with some of the old poets (1845); The vision of Sir Launfal (1845); A Fable for critics (1848); and Poems (1848). He became professor of modern languages at Harvard, was the first editor of the Atlantic Mlonthly, and was joint editor with Professor Norton of the North American Review. Fireside travels appeared in 1864; a second series of Biglow papers (1866); Under the Willows (1869); Among my books (1870); and My study Windows (1871). He was minister to Spain, and later was transferred to England. Democracy and other addresses was issued in 1887; Heartsease and Rue (1888); and Political essays (1888)
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, chapter 13 (search)
ht. 1840. Cooper's The Pathfinder. 1840. R. H. Dana, Jr.'s, Two years before the Mast. 1841. Emerson's Essays, First Series. 1841. Cooper's The Deerslayer. 1844. Emerson's Essays, Second Series. 1844. Lowell's Poems. 1845. Poe's The Paven, and other poems. 1845. War with Mexico. 1847. Longfellow's Evangeline. 1848. Peace with Mexico. 1848. Gold discovered in California. 1848. E. P. Whipple's Essays and reviews. 1848. Lowell's A Fable for critics and The Biglow papers, First Series. 1849. Parkman's The California and Oregon Trail. 1849. George Ticknor's History of Spanish literature. 1849. Whittier's Voices of freedom. 1850. Hawthorne's Scarlet letter. 1850. Webster's Seventh of March Speech. 1851. Mrs. Stowe's Uncle Tom's cabin. 1853. Curtis's Potiphar papers. 1854. Thoreau's Walden. 1855. Whitman's Leaves of grass. 1855. Longfellow's Hiawatha. 1857. The Dred Scott Decision. 1857. Atlantic monthly founded. 1
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Index. (search)
ames, 239. Austin, William, 187. Autocrat of the breakfast table, Holmes's, 157, 158. Bancroft, George, 87, 111, 117, 143. Barclay of Ury, Whittier's, 147. Barlow, Joel, 38. Battle of the Kegs, Hopkinson's, 55. Baudelaire, 208. Beauclerc, Lady, Diana, 168. Beautiful story, Buel's, 262. Beleaguered City, Longfellow's, 142. Bells, Poe's, 211. Bells and Pomegranates, Browning's, 261. Ben Ezra, Browning's, 229. Ben-Hur, Wallace's, 129, 262. Benjamin, Park, 95. Biglow papers, Lowell's, 164. Billings, Josh, 242, 243. Bishop Blougram's apology, Brown. Blackburn, Senator, 235. Black penitents, 241. Blackwood's magazine, 157, 164. Blake, William, 211, 259. Bold Dragoon, Irving's, 90. Boone, Daniel, 237. Bowdoin College, 139, 140, 184. Bracebridge hall, Irving's, 86. Bradstreet, Anne, 9-13, 18. Bradstreet, Governor, 10. Brahminism, New England, 159. Bremer, Frederika, 245. Brevoort, Henry, 37. Brewster, Elder William, 139. Brook Far
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