lume is that in which the poet voices the burning indignation fanned in his breast by the curse of negro slavery in America.
His fellow-poets—Holmes, Longfellow, Lowell, and Emerson—were all enlisted in the warfare against this monstrous evil, and did yeoman service in the cause of freedom, but Whittier alone gave himself heart aonalities commemorated have no longer any meaning.
Whittier had neither the wit nor the erudition that have preserved many of the occasional pieces of Holmes and Lowell from decay.
The tributes to Garrison, Sumner, and a few others still stand out as significant from this mass of metrical exercises, and when a great occasion ins and Expediency, but the greater part of it belongs to the permanent literature of New England history and thought.
The most important titles are The stranger in Lowell, The Supernaturalism of New England, Leaves from Margaret Smith's journal in the province of Massachusetts Bay, and Literary Recreations and miscellanies.