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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 18: literary traits. (search)
an prose-writers, they may turn to that essay. There were two points in which no one exceeded her at the time and place in which she lived. First, she excelled in lyric glimpses, or the power of putting a high thought into a sentence. If few of her sentences have passed into the common repertory of quotation, that is not a final test. The greatest poet is not necessarily the most quoted or quotable poet. Pope fills twenty-four pages in Bartlett's Dictionary of Quotations, Moore eight, Burns but six, Keats but two, and the Brownings taken together less than half a page. The test of an author is not to be found merely in the number of his phrases that pass current in the corners of newspapers — else would Josh Billings be at the head of literature ;but in the number of passages that have really taken root in younger minds. Tried by this standard, Margaret Fuller ranks high, and, if I were to judge strictly by my own personal experience, I should say very high indeed. I shall
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Index. (search)
Mr. and Mrs., 224. Bradford, George P., 144. Brentano, Bettina. See Arnis Briggs, Miss, 225. Brook Farm, 173. Brown, Charles Brockden, 132. Brown, Samuel, 226. Brown's Philosophy studied, 24. Browne, M. A., 39. Browning, Elizabeth (Barrett), 220, 314. Browning, Robert, 19, 69, 220, 229. Brownson, 0. A., 142-144, 147, 148. Brutus, defense of, 47-50. Bryant, William Cullen, 131. Buckingham, J. T., 77. Bull, Ole, 211. Burges, Tristam, 87. Burleigh, Charles, 176. Burns, Robert, 226. C. Cabot, J. E., 159. Cambridge, Mass., between 1810 and 1830, 32. Campbell, Thomas, 290. Carlyle-Emerson Correspondence, 4, 135, 145, 151, 164, 170. Carlyle, Thomas, 45 69 102 135,145, 164, 175, 190, 220, 222, 22. Cass, Lewis, Jr., 241; letter to, 266; letter from, 234. Chalmers, Thomas, 229. Chambers, Robert, 226. Channing, Edward T., 33. Channing, W. E. (Boston), 63, 86, 106, 122, 144, 171. Channing, W. Ellery (Concord), 30, 100, 156, 164, 307. Channi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
ass., summer life in, 81. Brown, Annie, 227. Brown, Brownlee, 169. Brown, C. B., 58. Brown, John, 155, 196-234, 240, 242, 243, 246, 327. Brown, Mrs., John, 227, 230. Brown, Madox, 289. Brown, Theophilus, 181. Browning, Robert, 66, 67, 202, 235, 272, 286. Brownson, Orestes, 97. Bryce, James, 97. Bull, Ole, 103. Burke, Edmund, 009, 356. Burleigh, C. C., 327. Burleigh, Charles, 118. Burlingame, Anson, 175. Burney, Fanny, 15. Burns, Anthony, 131, 157, 159, 162, 165, 166. Burns, Robert, 276. Butler, B. F., 337, 342. Butman A. ., 162, 163, 164, L65. Byron, George Gordon, Lord, 15, 23. Cabot, Edward, 9. Cabot, George, 10. Cabot, J. E., 105. Cambridge boyhood, A., 1-37. Cambridge Churchyard, the, 32. Cameron, Mr., 295. Cameron, Mrs. J. M., 284, 295, 296. Campbell, Thomas, 15. Canning, George, 23. Carlyle, Thomas, 77, 272, 278, 279, 280, 285, 296, 304, 332. Carpenter, Mr., 233. Carter, Charles P., 232. Carter family, the, 75. Cary, Alice, 134. Car
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 4 (search)
tivated critics of his day; and it appears from the late memoirs of Garrison that her verses were long the favorite food of that strong and heroic mind. Yet it has been the custom to speak of her popularity as a thing of the past. Now arrives Mr. Routledge, and gives the figures as to his sales of the different poets in a single calendar year. First comes Longfellow, with the extraordinary sale of 6000 copies; then we drop to Scott, with 3170: Shakespeare, 2700; Byron, 2380; Moore, 2276; Burns, 2250. To these succeeds Mrs. Hemans, with a sale of 1900 copies, Milton falling short of her by 50, and no one else showing much more than half that demand. Hood had 980 purchasers,Cowper, 800, and all others less; Shelley had 500 and Keats but 40. Of course this is hardly even an approximate estimate of the comparative popularity of these poets, since much would depend, for instance, on the multiplicity or value of rival editions; but it proves in a general way that Mrs. Hemans holds he
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, Index. (search)
79. Black, William, quoted, 168. Blake, William, 180. Blanc, Louis, 129. Blood, Lydia, 102. Bonaparte, Napoleon, 247. Bonheur, Rosa, 250, 252, 261, 263. Bossuet, J. B., 87. Bourbons, decline of, 107. breaking and bending, 121. Bremer, Fredrika, quoted, 14. Brinton, Dr. D. G., quoted, 286. Broute, Charlotte, 260. Brooks, Mrs., Sidney, 76. Browning, E. B., 250, 252, 263. Browning, Robert, quoted, 273, 302. Also 308. brutality of Punch and Judy, the, 254. Burns, Robert, 19. but strong of will, 54. Butler, Fanny Kenble, 154. Byron, Lord, 19, 160. C. Canadian judge, ruling of, 92. Carlyle, Thomas, quoted, 300. Also 149. Carnegie, Andrew, quoted, 168, 169. Carr, Lucien, 179. Cato, M. P., 97. chances, 65. Channing, W. E., quoted, 127. Chateaubriand, F. R., 76. Chaucer, Geoffrey, 278. Chevy Chace, quoted, 220. Child, L. M., 13, 179. Children, dressing of, for school, 241. Children on A farm, 197. Children, the hum
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 2: the secular writers (search)
the early poetry of America, we must remember that the poetic product of England was of secondary value from the death of Milton, in 1674, till the publication of Burns's Scotch poems, in 1786, and of Coleridge's and Wordsworth's lyrical ballads, in 1798. We cannot wonder that in America, during the same period, among all the tasks of colonial and Revolutionary life, no poetry of abiding power was produced. The same year that saw Burns's first poems published (1786) saw also those of the first true American poet, Philip Freneau, who, if he left a humbler name than Burns, as befitted a colonist, at least dictated a line of poetry to each of two leading EnBurns, as befitted a colonist, at least dictated a line of poetry to each of two leading English poets. It has been said that there was no book published in America before 1800 which has now a sure place in general literature. But Freneau before that date gave two lines to general literature which in a manner saved his time, although the lines bore to the general public the names of Scott and Campbell, who respectively
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 3: the Philadelphia period (search)
taste is much better than his style, and he shows unquestionably that the best English poetry of that day, as was true of the poetry of Tennyson and Browning at a later day, was earlier appreciated in America than at home. The volume opens with Burns's Scots wha hae wia Wallace bled and closes with Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, in its original and more vigorous form; and this at a time when Coleridge's new theory of versification, now generally accepted, that verse should be read by the accents, not by the syllables, was pronounced by the London monthly Review to yield only rude unfashioned stuff; and Burns's poems were described by it as disgusting and written mostly in an unknown tongue. The Lake poets were described by Jeffrey in the Edinburgh Review as constituting the most formidable conspiracy that has lately been formed against sound judgment in matters poetical; and yet they were eagerly received, apparently, in America. It must not be supposed, however, that all the cont
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 6: the Cambridge group (search)
to have been more than any other American the poet of familiar life. What Lowell said dramatically, he could say from experience: We draw our lineage from the oppressed. Compared with him Longfellow, Holmes, even Lowell, were poets of a class. Burns was his favorite poet, and, in later years, he attained, in the naturalness and flow of his song, to something like the lyric power of his master. A few of Longfellow's poems possess this quality, but it pervades the mature work of Whittier. Cothough not a little of his poetry lacks compactness and finish, very little of it lacks power. His rudest shafts of song, as Mr. Stedman has said, were shot true and far and tipped with flame. It is only in this respect that Whittier resembles Burns. His character was as firm, and his life as well ordered, as Longfellow's. It has, indeed, been the fashion among those who remember the famous phrase, Great wits are sure to madness near allied, to condemn all these poets as too respectable, to
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Index. (search)
1, 69-78, 92, 142, 143. Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 129. Browning, Robert, 68, 183, 215, 225, 229, 260-262, 265. Bryant, William Cullen, 81, 100-104. Buckingham, Joseph T., 93. Buel, Rev. J. W., 262. Bunker Hill, Battle of, 61, 135. Burns, Robert, 35, 36, 68, 69, 114, 152, 153. Burroughs, John, 264. Byrd, Col., William, 199. Byron, Lord, 277. Cabot, George, 46, 48. Caleb Williams, Godwin's, 72. Cantata, Lanier's, 224. Carlyle, Thomas, 169, 170, 179, 260, 282. Cary, Alice adi, Irving's, 84, 85. Salut au Monde, Whitman's, 229. Sandpiper, Celia Thaxter's, 264. Sandys, George, 8, 9. Sartor Resartus, Carlyle's, 261. Saturday Review, 268. Scarlet letter, Hawthorne's, 185. Scots wha hae wia Wallace bled, Burns's, 18. Scott, Sir, Walter, 36, 85, 90, 93, 96, 97, 98, 187, 259, 269, 274, 275, 277. Scudder, Horace E., 134. Sedgwick, Catharine Maria, 126, 148. Self-culture, Channing's, 114. Serene I Fold my hands, Burroughs's, 264. Seven Pines, B
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 1: childhood (search)
e first abolitionists; a man whom I well remember in later years as being all that Whittier describes in him. The place where he is celebrated is in that delightful poem, To my old schoolmaster beginning Old friend, kind friend! lightly down Drop time's snowflakes on thy crown! Never be thy shadow less, Never fail thy cheerfulness! Whittier's Works, IV. 73. Coffin, then a young Dartmouth College student, used to read aloud on winter evenings, in the Whittier household, the poems of Burns, explaining the Scotch dialect; and finally lent the book to the boy of fourteen, who had heard it with delight. At a later time one of the Waverley novels came into his hands, probably by borrowing, and he and his young sister read it on the sly at bedtime, till their candle went out at a critical passage. Furthermore, he visited Boston in his teens as the guest of Mrs. Nathaniel Greene, one of his Batchelder kindred, there buying his first copy of Shakespeare, and being offered a ticket
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