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d upon her in the Fable for critics.
The criticisms on English poets in this collection seem to me singularly admirable; they take rank with those of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in her Essays on the poets.
There are many single phrases that are unsurpassed in insight and expression, as where she speaks of the strange, bleak filey.
This is a rare series of condensed criticisms, on authors about whom so much has been written, and her remarks on the new men — Sterling, Henry Taylor, and Browning — were almost as good.
She was one of the first in America to recognize the genius of Browning, and, while his Bells and pomegranates was yet in course of publiBrowning, and, while his Bells and pomegranates was yet in course of publication, she placed him at the head of contemporary English poets.
There is much beside, in these rich volumes; a brief criticism on Hamlet, for instance, in one of the dialogues, which is worthy to take rank with those of Mrs. Jameson; and an essay on Sir James MacKINTOSHintosh, which, in calm completeness and thorough workmans