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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Chapter 5: Bryant and the minor poets (search)
rth, so dull, routine, bombastic as far as attempted in Thomson's Liberty, in Blair's Grave, in White's Time, become in Bryant's less pretentious poems the essential triumph of a unique imagination. The mode remained a favourite to the end: large as in The flood of years, intimate and tender in A Lifetime. No American poet, except Whitman, had an imagination at all like Bryant's, or, indeed, except Whitman and Emerson, as great as Bryant's. No reminder should be needed that Bryant, like Thoreau and Burroughs, was a naturalist with wide and accurate knowledge. He knew the way of the mist on river and mountain-crest, all tints of sunset, the rising and the setting of the constellations, every twig and berry and gnarled root on the forest floor, all shapes of snow on pine and shrub, the commoner insects and wild creatures, and especially the birds and the flowers; and he knew the hums and the murmurs and the boomings that rise, like a perpetual exhalation, from the breast of earth.
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Chapter 8: transcendentalism (search)
argaret Fuller, Orestes A. Brownson, Elizabeth and Sophia Peabody, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Jones Very, Christopher P. Cranch, Charles T. Follen, lcott's sojourn with his friends at Fruitlands and, still more so, Thoreau's experiment on the shore of Walden Pond. See Book II, Chap. Xpportunity and encouragement it afforded to the literary genius of Thoreau. In addition to his and Emerson's, there were, among others, metrg the test of practical application in the abolition movement. In Thoreau it is present — in none of the group more ethereally — as a spiritof Rousseau's Man is born free; and is everywhere in chains. When Thoreau proclaims an intention to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the mogh my lips to unawakened earth The trumpet of a prophecy! When Thoreau, on another occasion, writes that he was not aware that the capaciister the Lord's Supper or pray when he did not feel like praying, Thoreau going to jail for a refusal to pay his taxes, Alcott closing his s
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index. (search)
7 Tennent, Gilbert, 77 Tenney, Tabitha, 292 Tennyson, 261, 263, 264, 269, 271, 335 Tenth Muse, lately sprung up in America, the, 154 Teresa Contarini, 224 Terrible Tractoration, 174 Thacher, Oxenbridge, 127, 128, 131 Thackeray, 279 Thanatopsis, 163, 212, 262, 262 n., 263, 265, 267 Thomas, Isaiah, 112 n., 120, 123 Thompson, Benjamin, 152, 158 Thompson, D. P., 307, 308, 310 Thomson, Charles, 98 Thomson, James, 161, 162, 163, 181, 215, 262 n., 263, 271 Thoreau, 271, 333, 340, 341, 345, 346, 347 Thoughts on the poets, 243 Thoughts on the revival of religion, 62, 63 Thurloe, John, 4 Thwaites, R. G., 205 Ticknor, George, 332 Tilden, Stephen, 166 n. Tillotson, Bishop, 109 Time, 263, 270 n., 271 Times, the (Rev. Benjamin Church), 171 Times (Peter Markoe), 175 Times or life in New York, the, 228 Timon of Athens, 12 Tippet, Mehetable, 199 To a man of ninety, 183 To a Robin, 178 To a waterfowl, 212, 266 To Cor
James Parton, Horace Greeley, T. W. Higginson, J. S. C. Abbott, E. M. Hoppin, William Winter, Theodore Tilton, Fanny Fern, Grace Greenwood, Mrs. E. C. Stanton, Women of the age; being natives of the lives and deeds of the most prominent women of the present gentlemen, Margaret Fuller Ossoli. (search)
ranks of common men. The less instructed found their outlet in the radical conventions, then so abundant; the more cultivated uttered themselves in the Dial. The contributors, who then thronged around Margaret Fuller,--Emerson, Alcott, Parker, Thoreau, Ripley, Hedge, Clarke, W. H. Channing,--were the true founders of American literature. They emancipated the thought of the nation, and also its culture, though their mode of utterance was often crude and cumbrous from excess of material. Thesaring so fast amid persecution and demoralization. But the book as a whole, is very fragmentary and episodical, and in this respect, as well as in the wide range of merit and demerit in the verses here and there interspersed, it reminds one of Thoreau's Week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers. It is hardly possible, however, to regret these episodes, since one of them contains that rare piece of childish autobiography, Mariana; which is however separated from its context in her collected wo
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, A plea for culture. (search)
go to sleep; he must write clearly, or they will cease to follow him; must keep clear of pedantry and unknown tongues, or they will turn to some one who can address them in English. On the other hand, these same conditions tempt one to accept a low standard of execution, to substitute artifice for art, and to disregard the more permanent verdict of more fastidious tribunals. The richest thought and the finest literary handling which America has yet produced — as of Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau — reached at first but a small audience, and are but very gradually attaining a wider hold. Renan has said that every man's work is superficial, until he has learned to content himself with the approbation of a few. This is only one half the truth; but it is the half which Americans find hardest to remember. Yet American literature, though its full harvest be postponed for another hundred years, is sure to come to ripeness at last. Our national development in this direction, though sl
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, Literature as an art. (search)
cal obstacles for it, like Prescott or Parkman; to live and die only to transfuse external nature into human words, like Thoreau; to chase dreams for a lifetime, like Hawthorne; to labor tranquilly and see a nation imbued with one's thoughts, like Eture, of what perfection in detail. It is a remarkable fact, that the most penetrating and fearless of all our writers, Thoreau, -he who made Nature his sole mistress, and shook himself utterly free from human tradition,--yet clung to Greek literatin proportion to his thoughts, and great ideas strain language more than small ones. We cannot say of either Emerson or Thoreau, for instance, that his style is adequate to his needs, because the needs are immense, and Thoreau, at least, sometimes Thoreau, at least, sometimes disdains effort. But the only American authors, perhaps, whose style is an elastic garment that fits all the uses of the body, are Irving and Hawthorne. This has no reference to the quality of their thought, as to which in Irving we feel a sligh
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, Americanism in literature. (search)
to hear his voice grow faint. He usually began to lose his faith, his courage, his toleration,--in short, his Americanism,--when he left the ranks of the uninstructed. That time is past; and the literary class has now come more into sympathy with the popular heart. It is perhaps fortunate that there is as yet but little esprit de corps among our writers, so that they receive their best sympathy, not from each other, but from the people. Even the memory of our most original authors, as Thoreau, or Margaret Fuller Ossoli, is apt to receive its sharpest stabs from those of the same guild. When we American writers find grace to do our best, it is not so much because we are sustained by each other, as that we are conscious of a deep popular heart, slowly but surely answering back to ours, and offering a worthier stimulus than the applause of a coterie. If we once lose faith in our audience, the muse grows silent. Even the apparent indifference of this audience to culture and high
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, Fayal and the Portuguese. (search)
of us, of Pico itself, seven thousand feet from the level of the sea, our starting-point. We camped half-way up, and watched the sunset over the lower peaks of Fayal; we kindled fires of faya-bushes on the lonely mountainsides, a beacon for the world; we slept in the loft of a little cattle-shed, with the calves below us, the cows' sons, as our Portuguese attendant courteously called them; we waked next morning above the clouds, with one vast floor of white level vapor beneath us, such as Thoreau alone has described, with here and there an open glimpse of the sea far below, yet lifted up to an apparent level with the clouds, so as to seem like an Arctic scene, with patches of open water. Then we climbed through endless sheep-pastures and over great slabs of lava, growing steeper and steeper; we entered the crater at last, walled with snows of which portions might be of untold ages, for it is never, I believe, wholly empty; we climbed, in such a gale of wind that the guides would no
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Short studies of American authors, Thoreau. (search)
e death of an author; and such is the fame of Thoreau. Before his death he had published but two bcriticism, have brought the eccentricities of Thoreau into undue prominence, and have placed too lis is far removed from that ordinarily made by Thoreau himself. While tinged here and there, like m wanton misrepresentation. Lowell applies to Thoreau the word indolent: but you might as well spea and believed only in the wilderness; whereas Thoreau defined his own position on this point with es these, it will by and by be discovered that Thoreau's whole attitude has been needlessly distorte injustice to Lowell, who closes his paper on Thoreau with a generous tribute that does much to re sight of a cathedral. The impression that Thoreau was but a minor Emerson will in time pass awa their time, and had its family likeness; but Thoreau had the lumen siccum, or dry light, beyond eiollowing passage is now first published, from Thoreau's manuscript diary, the date being Oct. 28, 1[14 more...]
sober gray begins to steal in beneath the sunset rays, and will soon claim even the brilliant foreground for its own. Pile a few more fragments of drift-wood upon the fire in the great chimney, little maiden, and then couch yourself before it, that I may have your glowing childhood as a foreground for those heaped relics of shipwreck and despair. You seem, in your scarlet boating-dress, Annie, like some bright tropic bird, alit for a moment beside that other bird of the tropics, flame. Thoreau thought that his temperament dated from an earlier period than the agricultural, because he preferred woodcraft to gardening; and it is also pleasant to revert to the period when men had invented neither saws nor axes, but simply picked up their fuel in forests or on ocean-shores. Fire is a thing which comes so near us, and combines itself so closely with our life, that we enjoy it best when we work for it in some way, so that our fuel shall warm us twice, as the country people say,once in
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