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Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 7: romance, poetry, and history (search)
etime, and to win fresh ones of a new generation through his books, is perhaps the greatest of Lowell's personal felicities. While there are no other names in the literature of New England quite comparable with those that have just been discussed, it should be remembered that the immediate effectiveness and popularity of these representative poets and prose writers were dependent upon the existence of an intelligent and responsive reading public. The lectures of Emerson, the speeches of Webster, the stories of Hawthorne, the political verse of Whittier and Lowell, presupposed a keen, reflecting audience, mentally and morally exigent. The spread of the Lyceum system along the line of westward emigration from New England as far as the Mississippi is one tangible evidence of the high level of popular intelligence. That there was much of the superficial and the spread-eagle in the American life of the eighteen-forties is apparent enough without the amusing comments of such English t
y similar rhapsodies Whitman holds obstinately to what may be termed the three points of his national creed. The first is the newness of America, and its expression is in his well-known chant of Pioneers, O pioneers. Yet this new America is subtly related to the past; and in Whitman's later poems, such as Passage to India, the spiritual kinship of orient and occident is emphasized. The second article of the creed is the unity of America. Here he voices the conceptions of Hamilton, Clay, Webster, and Lincoln. In spite of all diversity in external aspects the republic is one and indivisible. This unity, in Whitman's view, was cemented forever by the issue of the Civil War. Lincoln, the Captain, dies indeed on the deck of the victor ship, but the ship comes into the harbor with object won. Third and finally, Whitman insists upon the solidarity of America with all countries of the globe. Particularly in his yearning and thoughtful old age, the poet perceived that humanity has but
employ his great gifts steadily. Yet it was Webster who analyzed kindly and a little sadly, for h more unerringly than in these words? When Webster himself thundered, at the close of his reply free. On the fateful seventh of March, 1850, Webster, like Clay, cast the immense weight of his petaining the old Union it was consistent with Webster's whole development of political thought. sleepy power only half put forth-these aided Webster to awe men or allure them into personal idolat of the voters of New England, believed that Webster had bartered his private convictions in the he way. Emerson could not refute that logic of Webster's argument for the Fugitive Slave Law, but hecommemorative oratory, indeed, he ranked with Webster, but the dust is settling upon his learned antemporaries. His Dartmouth College eulogy of Webster in 1853 shows him at his best. The Anti-Slavn the spring of 1850, was a woman's answer to Webster's seventh of March speech. Its object was pl[9 more...]
Stowe 98, 208, 219, 220-23 Union of the colonies, Franklin 59 Unitarianism, 112-13 Verplanck, J. C., 107 Very, Jones, 141 Virginia, a continuation of English society, 14; in 1724, 44 Virginia House of Burgesses, address of the, Jefferson 80 Virginians, the, Thackeray 45 Vision of Sir Launfal, the, Lowell 170, 172 Walden, Thoreau 131, 134, 135 Walley, Thomas, 41 Warner, C. D., 93 Washington, George, 64-65, 66, 77-78 Waterfowl, to a, Bryant 103, 106 Webster, Daniel, eulogy for Adams and Jefferson, 86-87; civic note in oratory of, 208; criticism of Clay, 210; his oratory, 211-15 Week on the Concord and Merrimac rivers, a, Thoreau 131 Wendell, Barrett, 6 West, The, in American literature, 237 et seq. Westchester farmer, the, Seabury 76 When Lilacs last in the Dooryard Bloomed, Whitman 201 When the Frost is on the Punkin, Riley 248 Whitaker, Alexander, 26-27, 38 Whitman, Walt, in 1826, 90; in New York, 108; life and writings, 196-
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 12: Whittier the poet (search)
ms calls the world's great trinity, pleasure, profit, and honour, to take side with the poor and oppressed. . . . Whittier's Quaker strain yielded him wholly to the intellectual passion. That transcendentalism aroused, and still keeps him obedient to the Inward Light. And it made him a poet militant, a crusader, whose moral weapons, since he must disown the carnal, were keen of edge and seldom in their scabbards. The fire of his deep-set eyes, whether betokening, like that of his kinsman Webster, the Batchelder blood, or inherited from some old Feuillevert, strangely contrasts with the benign expression of his mouth, --that firm serenity which by transmitted habitude dwells upon the lips of the sons and daughters of peace. There was no affectation in the rusticity of his youth. It was the real thing, the neat and saving homeliness of the eastern farm. ... Of our leading poets he was almost the only one who learned Nature by working with her at all seasons, under the sky and in
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Index. (search)
, 100; Supreme Bench of, 181. United States Senate, 44; Sumner elected to, 45. V. Van Buren, Martin, 68. Vaudois Teacher, the, 166-168. Ventura, Father, 88. Vere, Aubrey de, 36. Vermont, 35. Villager, the, 87. Virginia, 157. W. Waldensian Synod, 166. Ward, Mrs. E. S. P., acquaintance with Whittier, 112. Wardwell, Lydia, 85. Warner, C. D., 178. Washburn, E. A., 97. Washington, D. C., 26, 48, 99, 171. Wasson, David A., his opinion of Whittier, 153, 154. Webster, Daniel, 6, 58, 156. Webster, Ezekiel, 58. Weld, Theodore, D., 115. Wendell, Ann E., 171; Whittier's letter to, 81, 172. Wendell, Professor, Barrett, his Literary History of America, quoted, 96. West Amesbury, Mass., 45. Wheelwright, Rev., John, 84. White Mountains, the, 174, 179. Whitman, Walt, 106. Whitson, Thomas, 53. Whittier, Elizabeth Hussey, 57; her poetic gifts, 31; attends women's antislavery convention, 62; description of, 107,108. Whittier, John (father of poet),
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
ong list of names attached to the letter to Mr. Webster shows some remarkable absences, particularlnd have been aided by traitors at the North. Webster's apostasy is the most barefaced. Not only tlete refutation of the reverend defender of Mr. Webster's new faith. All the dogs of the pack ars erred in tone, he caught the infection from Webster himself, who dealt at him some bitter personaeech of March 7, and undertook the defence of Webster's Latin quotations in articles which were und his prophecy. In his newspaper he denounced Webster as the great apostate, and invoked a combinedto fill the vacancy, substituted Winthrop for Webster as the Whig candidate for senator; but with t Free Soilers, the approval or disapproval of Webster still remained the issue of the State electioor the speech of march 7, Curtis's Life of Webster, vol. II. p. 410 note. withdrawing his name rival for a seat in the Cabinet, and advising Webster's appointment in the most friendly, open, and[60 more...]
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 36: first session in Congress.—welcome to Kossuth.—public lands in the West.—the Fugitive Slave Law.—1851-1852. (search)
ied a senator during the preceding Congress. Webster had passed from the body to Fillmore's Cabineean, Foote of Mississippi, at the instance of Webster the Secretary of State, offered in the Senatem Schouler in the Boston Atlas, December 13. Webster was in the Senate the day before, but probabl in his honor,—the notable event of which was Webster's memorable speech. Sumner, though regrettinthe hearty, able, and unfailing support which Webster, Everett, Winthrop, and Choate always receiveooper, Feb. 25, 1852, at a meeting of which Mr. Webster was chairman, called to raise funds for a me durable monument to Cooper than any other. Webster's historical article was crude and trite enounfidence in public men,—all the more so since Webster's defection. They had put faith in Sumner as to the distrust of public men growing out of Webster's course, he wrote:— I know too well ththose uttered by you in Faneuil Hall. . . . Mr. Webster's awful treachery and shameless apostasy ha<
Justice Story took the chair, and the Hon. E. Everett acted as Secretary. Great interest and equanimity were expressed in regard to the design of the meeting. It was now voted to purchase Sweet Auburn, provided one hundred subscribers could be obtained, at sixty dollars each; also to appoint a Committee of twenty to report on a general plan of proceedings proper to be adopted towards effecting the objects of the meeting; and the following gentlemen were chosen:--Messrs. Joseph Story, Daniel Webster, H. A. S. Dearborn, Charles Lowell, Samuel Appleton, Jacob Bigelow, Edward Everett, George W. Brimmer, George Bond, A. H. Everett, Abbott Lawrence, James T. Austin, Franklin Dexter, Joseph P. Bradlee, Charles Tappan, Charles P. Curtis, Zebedee Cook, Jr., John Pierpont, L. M. Sargent and George W. Pratt, Esquires. An elaborate Report, on the general objects of the meeting, was on this occasion offered by the previously appointed Committee. See Appendix to this History, No. I. A
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index (search)
164 Tyler, 493 Tyndall, 181, 540 n. Typee, 156 Tyranny Unmasked, 432 Tyson, George E., 168 Überweg, 239 n. Umstandige geographische Beschreibung der zu allerletzt erfundenen Provintz Pennsylvania, 573 Unabridged Dictionary (Webster), 477, 478 Unchastened woman, the, 294 Uncle Tom's cabin, 70, 71, 72, 74, 122, 266, 306, 345, 346, 358, 550, 594 Under the Gaslight, 270 Under the Red Robe, 287 Underwood, F. H., 306 Undeveloped West, the, 143 Undiscovered countson, 327 Watts, Isaac, 548 Way down East, 290 Wayland, Francis, 226 n., 413, 414, 434 Ways and means of payment, 436 Wealth of Nations, 431 Wealth vs. Commonwealth, 358 We are seven, 292 Webbe, John, 426 Weber, 467 Webster, Daniel, 101, 337, 346, 347 Webster, Noah, 21, 400, 401, 418, 446, 470, 475, 475-478, 479, 541, 546, 548, 557, 558, 563, 566 Webster, Pelatiah, 429 Weeping willow, the, 512 Weevilly Wheat, 516 Weitling, Wilhelm, 344 Welb, 589 Welcker
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