The Book of the Poe Centenary; A Record of the Exercises at the University of Virginia January 16-19, 1909, in Commemoration of the One Hundredth Birthday of Edgar Allan Poe

The Book of the Poe Centenary; A Record of the Exercises at the University of Virginia January 16-19, 1909, in Commemoration of the One Hundredth Birthday of Edgar Allan Poe

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...training that all of our consciences receive; and Poe did not fit into this conception. I have come, however, to see the limitations of that view, and to behold something very admirable and strange and wonderful in this proud, gifted man, who loved beauty and mystery, who had such genius for feeling the pain of life and the wonder of it, who grasped so vainly at its peace and calm, and who suffered, one feels, a thousand deaths under its disciplines and conventions. To me the glory of Poe as a man is that, though whipped and scourged by human frailties, he was able to keep his heart and vision unstained and to hold true to the finest thing in him, so that out of this fidelity to his very best there issued immortal work. World poets like world conquerors are very rare. Not many universities have had the fortune to shelter a world poet, and to offer him any nourishment. Christ College, at Cambridge, has warmed itself at the fire of Milton's genius for three hundred years. In our own young land, with its short intellectual annals, Williams College sheltered Bryant for a while; and Virginia, Poe; and Harvard, Emerson, Lowell, and Holmes; Bowdoin, Longfellow; and Oglethorpe, a little college in Georgia, that other child of genius and misfortune, Sidney Lanier. We might say, therefore, that only four out of the four hundred American colleges have sheltered great poets, and perhaps only two, poets of world-wide fame, and perhaps only one, a world artist. Not such a poet as Sophocles or Virgil or Dante or Shakespeare have we nourished here, to be sure, but a world poet in a legitimate and classic sense. In many or these colleges minor poets have appeared, who have sung truly and clearly, like our own Thompson, and Lucas, and Page, and Lindsay Gordon and...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236647882
  • 9781236647887