The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors Volume 7
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: ...to harmonize the discords of a life of sorrow and endurance. The closing scenes, though informed with the deepest pathos, inspire us with sadness, it is true, but at the same time leave behind a calm feeling that the highest aim of her existence has been attained.--Felton, Cornelius Conway, 1848, Longfellow's Evangeline, North American Review, vol. 66, p. 240. Next to "Excelsior" and the "Psalm of Life" we are disposed to rank "Evangeline." Indeed, as a work of art, it is superior to both, and to all that Longfellow has written in verse.... Nothing can be more truly conceived or more tenderly expressed than the picture of that primitive Nova Scotia and its warm-hearted, hospitable, happy and pious inhabitants. We feel the air of the fore-world around us. The light of the Golden Age--itself joy, music, and poetry--is shining above. There are evenings of summer or autumntide so exquisitely beautiful, so complete in their own charms, that the entrance of the moon is felt almost as a painful and superflous addition: it is like a candle dispelling the weird darkness of a twilight room. So we feel at first as if Evangeline, when introduced, were an excess of loveliness, --an amiable eclipser of the surrounding beauties. But even as the moon by-and-by vindicates her intrusion and creates her own "holier day" so with the delicate and lovely heroine of this simple story: she becomes the centre of the entire scene. Gilfillan, George, 1849-52, Second Gallery of Literary Portraits. It is somewhat unfortunate for Mr. Longfellow that he has thrown by far the greatest part of his poetical treasure into the most thankless of all forms, the hexameter. A long acquaintance justifies us in the assertion, that there are few...
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