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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 12: Whittier the poet (search)
to Mrs. Fields: Milton's prose has long been my favourite reading. My whole life has felt the influence of his writings. Fields's Whittier, p. 41. He once wrote to Fields that Allingham, after Tennyson, was his favourite among modern British poets. I do not remember him as quoting Browning or speaking of him. This may, however, have been an accident. One of the very ablest of New England critics, a man hindered only by prolonged ill-health from taking a conspicuous leadership, David Atwood Wasson, himself the author of that noble poem with its seventeenth-century flavour, All's well, wrote in 1864 in the Atlantic Monthly what is doubtless the profoundest study of Whittier's temperament and genius. From this I gladly quote some passages:-- It was some ten years ago, he writes, that we first met John Greenleaf Whittier, the poet of the moral sentiment and of the heart and faith of the people of America. It chanced that we had been making notes, with much interest, upo
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Index. (search)
ermont, 35. Villager, the, 87. Virginia, 157. W. Waldensian Synod, 166. Ward, Mrs. E. S. P., acquaintance with Whittier, 112. Wardwell, Lydia, 85. Warner, C. D., 178. Washburn, E. A., 97. Washington, D. C., 26, 48, 99, 171. Wasson, David A., his opinion of Whittier, 153, 154. Webster, Daniel, 6, 58, 156. Webster, Ezekiel, 58. Weld, Theodore, D., 115. Wendell, Ann E., 171; Whittier's letter to, 81, 172. Wendell, Professor, Barrett, his Literary History of America, quopoe-try, 138-149; his My Playmate, 141, 161; sound effect produced in his poetry, 142, 161, 162; his Amy Wentworth, 142; his The Henchman, 143-145; his The sisters, 145-147; his Memories, 147-149; his prose, 150, 151; compared with Burns, 152; D. A. Wasson's opinion of, 153,154; E. C. Stedman's opinion of, 154-157; his Cassandra Southwick, 155, 157-159; little known as to origin of poems, 159; his antislavery poetry, 160; his The New wife and the old, 161; his Songs of labor, 162; his hymns, 162
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Preface (search)
Preface the address which forms the first chapter in these pages was given originally before the Nineteenth Century Club of New York City on January 15, 1891, and was written out afterward. Its title was suggested by that of a remarkable essay contributed many years ago to the Atlantic Monthly, by my friend David Atwood Wasson and entitled, The New World and the New Man. I am indebted to the proprietors of the Century, the Independent, the Christian Union, and Harper's Bazar for permission to reprint such of the remaining chapters as appeared in their respective columns. Nothing is farther from the present writer's wish than to pander to any petty national vanity, his sole desire being to assist in creating a modest and reasonable self-respect. The civil war bequeathed to us Americans, twenty-five years ago, a great revival of national feeling; but this has been followed in some quarters, during the last few years, by a curious relapse into something of the old colonial a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XI (search)
crowning instances of high-water marks are in those poems which, like Blanco White's sonnet, alone bear the writer's name down to posterity. How completely the truculent Poe fancied that he had extinguished for all time the poetry of my gifted and wayward kinsman, Ellery Channing; and yet it is not at all certain that the one closing line of Channing's A Poet's Hope, — If my bark sinks, 'tis to another sea, may not secure the immortality it predicts, and perhaps outlive everything of Poe's. Wasson's fine poem, Bugle Notes, beginning,— Sweet-voiced Hope, thy fine discourse Foretold not half Life's good to me, will be, unless I greatly mistake, as lasting as the seventeenth-century poems among which it naturally ranks. The mere title, Some Lover's Clear Day, of Weiss's poem will endure, perhaps, after the verses themselves and all else connected with that unique and wayward personality are forgotten. It is many years since I myself wrote of that rare and unappreciated thinker, Brownl
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Index (search)
, 82. Trench, R. C., 57. Trollope, Frances, 24. Tupper, M. F., 98. Twain, Mark, see Clemens. Tyndall, John, 22. U, V. Urquhart, David, 208, 209. Vestris, M., 83. Virgil, 99, 171, 217. Voltaire, F. M. A. de, 52, 53, 83, 187, 189 Von Holst, H. E., 32. W. Wagner, Richard, 16. Wallace, H. B., 51. Wallace, Lew, 67. Walpole, Horace, 135, 210. Walton, Izaak, 202. Walworth, M. T., 198, 200. Ward, Artemus, 59. Warner, C. D., 2. 72. Washington, George, 112, 155. Wasson, D. A., v., 103. Weapons of precision, 192. Webb, R. D., 29. Webster, Daniel, 155, 224. Weiss, John, 104. Weller, Sam, 182. Westminster Abbey of a book catalogue, 152. White, J. Blanco, 98. Whitman, Walt, 58, 67, 100. Whittier, J. G., 25, 60, 62, 66. Wieland, C. M., 90. Wilde, Oscar, 93. William the Silent, 6. Willis, N. P., 27, 28, 29, 93. Wilkins, Mary E., 11. Winsor, Justin, 172. Wolfe, General, 103. Wolseley, Lord, 123. Wordsworth, William, 94, 217. World-literatu
Governor and Legislature in 1878, and numerous pamphlets on religious, social and historical topics. The Rev. Frank Ilsley Paradise is the author of The Church and the Individual, a book that has received wide and favorable comment. David Atwood Wasson was one of the most notable preachers of his time. He wrote Christianity and Universal Religion, and a volume of poems. Since his death his essays, critical, political and religious, have been collected and published. A volume of his letrates the marvellous collection of jade, giving a chronology of the mineral's life and history, that Reginald Heber Bishop, a native of Medford, presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. George Savary Wasson, son of David Atwood Wasson, is the author of three volumes of short stories, Cap'n Simeon's Store, published in 1903; The Green Shay, in 1905; and Home from Sea, in 1908. Many others of his stories have appeared in the Atlantic, the Outlook, and other periodicals.