it was damped by the opinion expressed by Theodore Hook that ‘Wordsworth
's conceptions of inebriation were no doubt extremely limited.’
The popular impression in such matters is too deep to be easily removed; and yet every test continues to prove that the hold taken on the average human heart by Longfellow
is far greater than that held, for instance, by Poe
This was practically conceded by those poets themselves, and it is this fact which in reality excited the wrath of their especial admirers.
No man ever sacrificed less for mere fame than Longfellow
, no man ever bore attack or jealousy with more of manly self-respect and sweetness; he simply lived his own life, and worked out his own literary method; all that he asked was to be taken for what he was worth, and the world's praise was the answer to his request.
The continuance of this hold on men surely affords a sufficient reason for the renewed study of this poet's life, training, and career.