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Chapter 5: the school of mobs All this was, however, but the peaceful early stage of the antislavery moment; the mob period was approaching. It was a time peculiarly trying to those who had been bred in the non-resistance theory, and had to choose for themselves among the three alternatives, resistance, endurance, and flight. Those who in later years read the fine dramatic delineations in the poem Barclay of Ury do not quite appreciate the school in which Whittier learned what life meant to Barclay. The first time that actual violence came near Whittier, in his own town of Haverhill, though it missed him, was after there had been established (on April 3, 1834) an antislavery society of which he was secretary. A year or so later, in August, 1835, the Rev. Samuel J. May of Syracuse, N. Y., preached in the Unitarian pulpit at Haverhill and announced that he should give an antislavery address in the evening. The result is thus described by the historian of Haverhill:-- The
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter
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Chapter 12: Whittier the poet In passing from the domain of love poetry and considering WhittiWhittier's more general claims as a poet, we must accept Lord Bacon's fine definition of poetry that It ha
can make any similar suggestion in regard to Whittier, whose best poetry wholly surpasses his best descension in Foreigners.
On the other hand, Whittier escapes the pitfalls or tiresome side-paths i tention to these.
No one can dwell much on Whittier without recognising him as the distinctively , and even Lowell, seem the poets of a class; Whittier alone is near the people; setting apart Emers .
A few of Longfellow's poems have this, but Whittier it pervades; and beginning like Burns, with t kespeare, in the heart of humanity.
Fields's Whittier, p. 51. His contentment in simple measures wa felt the influence of his writings.
Fields's Whittier, p. 41. He once wrote to Fields that Allingha ly what is doubtless the profoundest study of Whittier's temperament and genius.
From this I gladly