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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.) 4 0 Browse Search
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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)
t pathos, and gives an impression of sincerity. But the Rev. Urian Oakes himself was not so fortunate in his elegist, no less a person than the Rev. Cotton Mather, the most prolific elegist of his time. His elegy on Oakes reaches a length of over four hundred lines. To adorn his subject he ransacks the ages, spoils the climes ; his pentameters and his quatrains are mere doggerel, his rhymes are atrocious, and his lines rife with conceits and puns and classical and biblical allusions. John Cleveland at his best could do no worse. The real feeling that probably inspired Mather's writing is obscured by the laboured insincerity of his style. But the nadir is reached by the Rev. Nicholas Noyes (1647-1717), who in his elegies on the Rev. John Higginson and the Rev. Joseph Green shows promising possibilities of bathos, but who in his poem on the Rev. James Brayley's attack of the stone revels in such a plethora of conceits and puns as to put to the blush his most gifted English contemp
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)
Churchill, 171, 173, 174, 182 Cicero, 103, 202, 276 Citizen of New Haven, Letters of A, 148 Citizen of the world, the, 238 Clap, Rector, 81 Clapp, W. W., Jr., 223 n., 226, 226 n., 229 n. Clara Howard, 292 Clari, 220 Clark, George Rogers, 189 Clark, Lewis Gaylord, 241 Clark, Captain, William, 203-205, 209, 210 Clark, Willis Gaylord, 241 Clarke, James Freeman, 333, 355 Clarke, Nathaniel, 154 Clarke, Samuel, 76 Clay, Henry, 300 Clemm, Mrs., 280 Cleveland, John, 153 Cliffton, William, 175, 178 Clifton, Josephine, 224 Climbing the natural Bridge, 312 Clinton, De Witt, 190 Clinton, General, George, 144 Clinton, Governor, George, 148, 149, 292 Cobbett, William, 210 Cockings, George, 217 Colden, Dr., Cadwallader, 26, 28 Coleridge, Hartley, 213 Coleridge, S. T., 181, 194, 212, 266, 272, 278, 281, 332, 332 n., 357 Collector, the, 244 Colleen Bawn, 231 Collegians, the, 230 Collins, Anthony, 93, 102 Collins, William,