The decline of the sentimental
at a private charitable reading, held lately a in Boston
, it was noticed that the younger part of the audience responded but slightly in the way of sympathy to Dr. Holmes
's poem on the Moore Festival
, while to the older guests the allusions seemed all very familiar and even touching.
The waning of sympathy for Moore
and his ‘Irish Melodies’ simply shows the diminished hold of the sentimental upon us, taking that word to represent a certain rather melodramatic self-consciousness, a tender introspection in the region of the heart, a kind of studious cosseting of one's finer feelings.
Perhaps it is not generally recognized how much more abundant was this sort of thing forty years ago than now, and how it moulded the very temperaments of those who were born into it, and grew up under it. Byron
had as much to do with creating it as any one in England