Rose-Belford's Canadian Monthly and National Review Volume 19

Rose-Belford's Canadian Monthly and National Review Volume 19

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ... hardly appear to us worth the trouble of recording, especially as Mr. Symington is entirely unable to mention the general without lugging in every one of his numerous names. Let us come now to the consideration of Bryant's poetry, which hardly appeal s to us to deserve the high rank which is here bestowed upon it. No doubt Br)'ant was a careful and painstaking writer, correct in his versification and inspired with a genuine love of nature. His poems occasionally contain a genuine poetic thought. It would indeed be strange if such could not be found in the volumes of a writer, who, although he left no long continuous work, published during his extended life a very considerable mass of short and occasional poems. Most of his highest fancies appear to have grouped themselves in somewhat grim fashion round the idea of Death, a subject which seemed to have a slightly morbid attraction for him. We only refer here to his 'Thanatopsis, ' his 'Monument Mountain, ' and the well-known poem 'June, ' in which he almost looks forward to his last earthly home, where in place of his present active enjoyment of the beauties of Nature, there will still be left to him some slight interest in the glad June weather, the interest of one ' whose part in all the pomp that fills The circuit of the summer hills Is, that his grave is green.' Sometimes we find a happy expression, as in his didactic poem the 'Ages, in which he describes the astronomer as ' he whose e e ' Unwinds the eternal dances of t e sky. But having said this, we are unable to go further and exalt M.r. Bryant, as MrSymington would fain have us do, to a position among the. really great poets of our tongue. In his younger more

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  • Paperback | 358 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 640g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236775945
  • 9781236775948