I like such primitive verses much better than the Pike County Ballads, a mixture of sentiment and profanity.
Then he went on to say: I want my children, when they grow up, to read the classics.
My boy will go to college, of course; and he will translate Homer and Virgil, and Horace,--I think very highly of Horace; but the literal meaning is a different thing from understanding the poetry.
Then my daughters will learn French and German, and I shall expect them to read Schiller and Goethe, Moliere and Racine, as well as Shakespeare and Milton.
After that they can read what they like, but they will have a standard by which to judge other authors.
He was afraid that the students wasted too much time in painting play-bills and other similar exercises of ingenuity, which lead to nothing in the end.
He gave some excellent advice to a young lady who was about visiting Europe for the first time, who doubted if she could properly appreciate the works of art and other fine thing
erned, he believed that Hawthorne would outlive every other writer of his time.
He had the will of a great conqueror.
Goethe has been called the pampered child of genius, of fortune, and the muse; but if Goethe had greater celebrity he never enjoGoethe had greater celebrity he never enjoyed half the worldly prosperity of Longfellow.
While Emerson was earning a hard livelihood by lecturing in the West, and Whittier was dwelling in a country farm-house, Longfellow occupied one of the most desirable residences in or about Boston, and elt that he could roar on occasion, if occasion required it. Once at Longfellow's own table the conversation chanced upon Goethe, and a gentleman present remarked that Goethe was in the habit of drinking three bottles of hock a day. Who said he did?Goethe was in the habit of drinking three bottles of hock a day. Who said he did?
inquired the poet.
It is in Lewes's biography, said the gentleman.
I do not believe it, replied Longfellow, unless, he added with a laugh, they were very small bottles.
A few days afterwards Prof. William James remarked in regard to this inciden
creed if anyone could tell him just what it was.
The life they lived together was a poem in itself, and reminds one of Goethe's saying, that he who is sufficiently provided for within has need of little from without.
They were poor in worldly goand we notice that he did not go, like Emerson, to the great fountain-heads of poetry,--to Homer or Dante, Shakespeare or Goethe,--but courted the muse rather among such tributaries as Virgil, Moliere, Chaucer, Keats, and Lessing.
It may have been bnfal, which has become the most widely known of all his poems, and which contains passages of the purest a priori verse.
Goethe, who exercised so powerful an influence on Emerson, does not appear to have interested Lowell at all.
The most plaintiine struggle.
Shakespeare's plays are full of war and fighting; and the wars of Napoleon stimulated Byron, Schiller, and Goethe to the best efforts of their lives.
In dealing with men like Emerson, Longfellow, and Lowell, who were the intellectual
s friends at any time, seizing on a half-sheet of paper, or whatever might be at hand; but he did not long continue to caricature Emerson.
His first volume of poetry, published in 1844, was dedicated to Emerson, and in Dwight's Translations from Goethe and Schiller, there are a number of short pieces by Cranch, almost perfect in their rendering from German to English.
Among these the celebrated ballad of The Fisher is translated so beautifully as to be slightly, if at all, inferior to the origen.
The volume of poems which he published in 1844 is now exceedingly rare; yet many of the pieces belong to a high order of excellence.
In ease and grace of versification they resemble Longfellow, but in thought they are more like Emerson or Goethe.
Consider this opening from The riddle :
Ye bards, ye prophets, ye sages, Read to me, if ye can, That which hath been the riddle of ages, Read me the riddle of Man. Then came the bard with his lyre, And the sage with his pen and scroll, And
had any clients.
He had not; neither had Phillips, and they both agreed that waiting for fortune in the legal profession was wearisome business.
They were both well adapted to it, and the only reason for their ill success would seem to have been that they belonged to wealthy and rather aristocratic families, amongst whom there is little litigation.
At the same time Sumner was laying the foundation by hard study for his future distinction as a legal authority, and Motley was discussing Goethe and Kant with the youthful Bismarck in Berlin.
Wendell Phillips soon gave up his profession to become an orator in the antislavery cause; and Tom Appleton went to Rome and took lessons in oil painting.
Nothing can be more superficial than to presume that young men who write verses or study painting think themselves geniuses.
A man may have a genius for mechanics; and in most instances men and women are attracted to the arts from the elevating character of the occupation.
It is not like
He did not seek a vehicle for his wit in the oddities and mishaps of English middle-class domestic life, but in the contrasts and incongruities of a Boston boarding-house.
He informs us at the outset that he much prefers a family with an ancestry-one that has had a judge or a governor in it, with old family portraits, old books and claw-footed furniture; but if Doctor Holmes had depended on such society for his material he would hardly have interested the public whom he addressed.
One of Goethe's critics complained that the class of persons he had introduced in Wilhelm Meister did not belong to good society; and to this the aristocratic poet replied: I have often been in society called good, from which I have not been able to obtain an idea for the shortest poem.
So it is always: the interesting person is the one who struggles.
After the struggle is over, and prosperity commences, the moral ends,young Corey and his bride go off to Mexico.
The lives of families are represented
caught in the act and soundly kicked by Wood.
This was the most entertaining event of the afternoon.
The best part of the carnival was the quantity of fresh flowers that were brought in from the country and sold at very moderate prices.
P-- distinguished himself throwing bouquets to ladies in the balconies.
It is said that he has an admirer among them.
For the first hour or so I found it entertaining enough, but after that I became weary of its endless repetition.
Eighty years since Goethe, seated in one of these balconies, was obliged to ask for paper and pencil to drive away ennui, as he afterwards confessed.
The carnival now is almost entirely given up to the English and Americans; while many of the lower class of Italians mix in it disguised in masks and fancy dresses.
Four masked young women greeted us with confetti and danced about me on the sidewalk.
One tipped up my hat behind and another whispered a name in my ear which I did not suppose was known in Europe.
ntly mild and gentle, unmixed with the slightest taint of worldly selfinterest.
He heard that Goethe had said, We begin to sin as soon as we act; but he did not agree to this, and was determined th own, The genius on his cloudy throne.
Emerson learned a large proportion of his wisdom from Goethe, as he frequently confessed, but where in Goethe's poetry will you find a quatrain of more penetGoethe's poetry will you find a quatrain of more penetrating beauty or wider significance than this from Woodnotes :
Thou canst not wave thy staff in air Nor dip thy paddle in the lake, But it carves the bow of beauty there, And ripples in rhyme the awthorne's works, but it is much the greatest,--an epic romance, which can only be compared with Goethe's Wilhelm Meister.
Hawthorne and Hamlet: a reply to Professor Bliss Perry.
To compare ld.
This may be owing to the mental excitement under which he labors; but the best critics from Goethe down have accredited him with a lack of resolution; and it is this which produces the catastroph