my dear friend, my soul is wrapped up in poetry.
The scales fell from my eyes suddenly, and I beheld before me a beautiful landscape, with figures, which I have transferred to paper almost without an effort, and with a celerity of which I did not think myself capable.
Since my return from Portland
I am almost afraid to look at it, for fear its colors should have faded out. And this is the reason why I do not describe the work to you more particularly.
I am not sure it is worth it. You shall yourself see and judge before long.’
He thus afterwards describes it to his father: ‘I have also written a much longer and more difficult poem, called “The Spanish student,” — a drama in five acts; on the success of which I rely with some self-complacency.
But this is a great secret, and must not go beyond the immediate family circle; as I do not intend to publish it until the glow of composition has passed away, and I can look upon it coolly and critically.
I will tell you more of this by and by.’
's work on ‘The Poets and Poetry of Europe
’ appeared in 1845, and was afterwards reprinted with a supplement in 1871.
The original work included 776 pages,1
the supplement adding 340 more.
The supplement is