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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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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Longfellow (search)
to have done. The account that Rev. Samuel Longfellow has given us of the youth of his brother is highly instructive, and ought to be of service to all young men who fancy they are destined by nature for a poetic career. He tells us how Henry published his first poem in the Portland Gazette, and how his boyish exultation was dashed with cold water the same evening by Judge ----, who said of it in his presence: Stiff, remarkably stiff, and all the figures are borrowed. The Fight at Lovell's Pond would not have been a remarkable poem for a youth of nineteen, but it showed very good promise for the age at which it was written. Few boys at that age can write anything that will hang together as a poem. Young Longfellow was a better poet at thirteen than his father's friend, the Judge, was a critic. His verses were by no means stiff, but on the contrary showed indications of that natural grace and facility of expression for which he became afterwards distinguished. As for the ori
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)
reat quantity of verse all more or less imitative of English models and largely independent of political conditions. All the poems of this period, whether springing from political or from purely aesthetic influences, are most conveniently treated under their various genres without regard to individual writers, though one poet, Philip Freneau, demands separate consideration. The first ballad springing from American soil recounts a battle fought in 1725 between whites and Indians near Lovewell's Pond in Maine. Composed at the time of the event, it was for generations preserved only by word of mouth, and was not published for almost a century. Though unliterary, it tells its story with vigour and directness, and is of additional interest in that Longfellow in 1820 chose the same fight as the subject of his first poem, The battle of Lovell's Pond. Many fugitive verses on the French and Indian War The French and Indian War gave birth to a curious volume of Miscellaneous poems o
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)
Company, Lord, 18 Bancroft, George, 332 Banks, Joseph, 91, 193 Barbe-Marbois, Marquis de, 201 Barclay, Robert, I16 Barker, James N., 220, 224, 225, 227 Barlow, Joel, 164, 169-171, 174, 261 Barnard, John, 156 Barnes, 221 Barrett, Lawrence, 223 Barrow, Robert, 8 Bartram, John, 194-195, 201 Bartram, William, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191,192, 194, 195-198,212,213 Batchelor's Hall, 161 Byteman, Mrs. Sidney F., 230 Battle of Brooklyn, the, 218 Battle of Lovell's Pond, the, 166 Battle of the kegs, 167 Baviad, 178 Bay Psalm Book, the, 156 Beattie, William, 163 Beauchamp, Colonel, 224 Beauchampe, 225 n., 317 Beauties of Santa Cruz, the, 181 Beaux-Stratagem, the, 117 Beers, Professor 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 Be
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 2: birth, childhood, and youth (search)
ry correct and amiable. He began early to rhyme, and the first poem of his composing which is known to be preserved in manuscript is entitled, Venice, an Italian Song, and was dated Portland Academy, March 17, 1820, he being then barely thirteen. There appeared a little later, in the poets' corner of the Portland Gazette, the following verses, which show curiously, at the very outset, that vibration between foreign themes and home themes which always marks his verse:— The battle of Lovell's Pond Cold, cold is the north wind and rude is the blast That sweeps like a hurricane loudly and fast, As it moans through the tall waving pines lone and drear, Sighs a requiem sad o'er the warrior's bier. The war-whoop is still, and the savage's yell Has sunk into silence along the wild dell; The din of the battle, the tumult, is o'er, And the war-clarion's voice is now heard no more. The warriors that fought for their country, and bled, Have sunk to their rest; the damp earth is their bed