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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 160 0 Browse Search
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters 88 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature 76 0 Browse Search
The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 9: Poetry and Eloquence. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 26 0 Browse Search
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Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 5: the Knickerbocker group (search)
founded, was doubtless revising Tamerlane and other poems which he was to publish in Boston in the following year. Holmes was a Harvard undergraduate. Garrison had just printed Whittier's first published poem in the Newburyport Free Press. Walt Whitman was a barefooted boy on Long Island, and Lowell, likewise seven years of age, was watching the birds in the treetops of Elmwood. But it was Washington Irving who showed all of these men that nineteenth century England would be interested in Ariosity of the twentieth century sets them apart from their forgotten contemporaries. They are two of the unluckiestand yet luckiest-authors who ever tried to sell a manuscript along Broadway. One of them is Edgar Allan Poe and the other is Walt Whitman. They shall have a chapter to themselves. But before turning to that chapter, we must look back to New England once more and observe the blossoming-time of its ancient commonwealths. During the thirty years preceding the Civil War New Eng
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 6: the Transcendentalists (search)
is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister, to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart. His resignation was accepted in 1832. His young wife had died of consumption in the same year. He now sailed for Italy, France, and England, a memorable journey which gave him an acquaintance with Landor, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Carlyle, but which was even more significant in sending him, as he says, back to himself, to the resources of his own nature. When shows break up, wrote Whitman afterward, what but oneself is sure? In 1834 and 1835 we find Emerson occupying a room in the Old Manse at Concord, strolling in the quiet fields, lecturing or preaching if he were invited to do so, but chiefly absorbed in a little book which he was beginning to write — a new utterance of a new man. This book, the now famous Nature of 1836, contains the essence of Emerson's message to his generation. It is a prose essay, but written in the ecstatic mood of a poet. The theme of its me
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 7: romance, poetry, and history (search)
has learned to enjoy a wholly different kind of style, taught by the daily journals, a nervous, graphic, sensational, physical style, fit for describing an automobile, a department store, a steamship, a lynching party. It is the style of our day, and judged by it Hawthorne, who wrote with severity, conscience, and good taste, seems somewhat oldfashioned, like Irving or Addison. He is perhaps too completely a New Englander to be understood by men of other stock, and has never, like Poe and Whitman, excited strong interest among European minds. Yet no American is surer, generation after generation, of finding a fit audience. Hawthorne's genius was meditative rather than dramatic. His artistic material was moral rather than physical; he brooded over the soul of man as affected by this and that condition and situation. The child of a new analytical age, he thought out with rigid accuracy the precise circumstances surrounding each one of his cases and modifying it. Many of his sket
Chapter 8: Poe and Whitman Enter now two egotists, who have little in common save their egotimerican periodicals. Poe, who was older than Whitman by ten years, was fifteen when Byron died, ie: I belong at this table. And he does. Walt Whitman, whom his friend O'Connor dubbed the good gless ye the Lord! That is the real motto for Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Like St. Francis, and likr the type. Let us turn next to the story of Whitman's life. It must here be told in the briefestality of certain poems. But Emerson wrote to Whitman from Concord: I find it the most extraordinar tunes of free verse and of emotional prose. Whitman's new and national declamatory expression, asor everybody except the doubter and sceptic. Whitman does not linger over the smaller groups of hhore. In this and in many similar rhapsodies Whitman holds obstinately to what may be termed the tat World War which he did not live to see. Whitman, like Poe, had defects of character and defec[15 more...]
ection of American political verse produced during this period exhibits spirited and sincere writing, but the combination of mature literary art and impressive general ideas is comparatively rare. There are single poems of Whittier, Lowell, and Whitman which meet every test of effective political and social verse, but the main body of poetry, both sectional and national, written during the thirty years ending with 1865 lacks breadth, power, imaginative daring. The continental spaciousness and energy which foreign critics thought they discovered in Whitman is not characteristic of our poetry as a whole. Victor Hugo and Shelley and Swinburne have written far more magnificent republican poetry than ours. The passion for freedom has been very real upon this side of the Atlantic; it pulsed in the local loyalty of the men who sang Dixie as well as in their antagonists who chanted John Brown's body and The battle Hymn of the Republic; but this passion has not yet lifted and ennobled any
It will be recalled that Bryant survived until 1878, Longfellow and Emerson until 1882, Lowell until 1891, Whittier and Whitman until 1892, and Holmes until 1894. Compared with these men the younger writers of verse seemed overmatched. The NationThomas Bailey Aldrich. His first volume of juvenile verse had appeared in 1855, the year of Whittier's Barefoot boy and Whitman's Leaves of Grass. By 1865 his poems were printed in the then well-known Blue and Gold edition, by Ticknor and Fields. tings of Franklin and Jefferson, and it certainly cannot be said of the writings of Cooper, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Lowell, Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Mr. Howells. In the pages of these men and of hundreds of others less distinguished, America, can adequately represent our national contribution to the world's thinking and feeling. So argued Emerson and Whitman, long ago. But the younger of these two poets came to realize in his old age that the New World and the Old World are fu
J. F. Jameson, History of historical writing in America (1891). Chapter 8. Poe, Works, 10 volumes (Stedman-Woodberry edition, 1894-1895), also 17 volumes (Virginia edition, J. A. Harrison, 1902), Life by G. E. Woodberry, 2 volumes (1909). Whitman, Leaves of Grass and Complete prose works (Small, Maynard and Co.) (1897, 1898), also John Burroughs, A study of Whitman (1896). Chapter 9. C. Schurz, Life of Henry Clay, 2 volumes (1887). Daniel Webster, Works, 6 volumes (1851), Life by HWhitman (1896). Chapter 9. C. Schurz, Life of Henry Clay, 2 volumes (1887). Daniel Webster, Works, 6 volumes (1851), Life by H. C. Lodge (1883). Rufus Choate, Works, 2 volumes (1862). Wendell Phillips, Speeches, lectures, and letters, 2 volumes (1892). V. L. Garrison, The story of his life told by his children, 4 volumes (1885-1889). Harriet Beecher Stowe, Works, 17 volumes (1897), Life by C. E. Stowe (1889). Abraham Lincoln, Works, 2 volumes (edited by Nicolay and Hay, 1894). Chapter 10. For an excellent bibliography of the New National Period, see F. L. Pattee, A history of American literature since 1870 (1916
, Longfellow 155 Burroughs, John, 262 By Blue Ontario's shore, Whitman 204 Byrd, William, 44 Cable, G. W., 246 Calef, Robert, 43 ican, in the 20th century, 259-60 Dred, Stowe 223 Drum Taps, Whitman 201 Dwight, Timothy, 69 Edict of the King of Prussia against E9, 98, 99 Leatherstocking tales, Cooper 97-99 Leaves of Grass, Whitman 197, 200, 202-203 Letters, Motley 181 Letters from an American1, 206 Parkman, Francis, 143-44, 176, 182-86 Passage to India, Whitman 204 Passionate Pilgrim, a, James 253 Pathfinder, the, Cooper 9 York, Mitchill 90 Pilot, the, Cooper 98 Pioneers, O pioneers, Whitman 204 Pioneers, the, Cooper 97-98, 99 Pioneers of France, the, Pmer, 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, 196-205; died (1892), 255; typically American, 265; argues