Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors; 1875-1890

Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors; 1875-1890

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...been reading a poem by Mr. Longfellow which appears to be more replete with genuine beauties of American growth than any other production of your poets which I have seen. The story refers to Acadie, and one of the incidents is the deportation of a whole village of peaceful inhabitants (the village is called Grand Pre) by the soldiers and sailors of "King George." I am afraid that Mr. Longfellow had some historical ground for this event.... Will you have the kindness to tell me--no one can do it so well--what this history is, and where I shall find it? No doubt many incidents in our treatment of our colonies have left deep memories on your side of the Atlantic which we know little about.--Whewell, William, 1848, Letter to George Bancroft, Feb. 4; Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Longfellow, vol. n, p. 108. Is full of the beautiful, and is most deeply pathetic, as much so as the story of Margaret in the "Excursion...". "Evangeline" seems to be, in some sort, an imitation of Voss's "Luise," The opening, especially, would remind any one who had read the "Luise," of that remarkable idyl. It is far inferior to that, I think, both in the general conception and in the execution. Voss's hexameters are perfect. The German language admits of that metre, the English hardly does so. Some of Longfellow's lines are but quasi-metre, so utterly inharmonious and so prosaic in regard to the diction.--Coleridge, Sara, 1848, To Aubery De Vere, Sep.; Memoir and Letters, ed. her Daughter, p. 354. Had Theocritus written in English, not Greek, I believe that his exquisite sense would scarce change a line In that rare, tender, virgin-like pas to rial Evangeline. That's not ancient nor modern, its place Is apart Where...show more

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,016g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492390
  • 9781236492395