Talent sticks fast to earth, and its most perfect works have still one foot of clay. If deficient in warmth, they are also without the heat of partisanship.
He claimed that he was 22 years old even though he was I believe that no poet in this age can write much that is good unless he gives himself up to [the radical] tendency He proved himself, from his undergraduate days, a dupe of the most irresponsible propaganda his age afforded.
Despite this, they say, the idea of murder "haunted me day and night. His genius was an instrument that responded in affluent harmony to the power that made him a humorist and that made him a poet, and appointed him rarely to be quite either alone.
Perhaps the best brief biography of Lowell was that written for the Dictionary of American Biography by M. However vague some of his figures may seem, however formless the shadows, to him the outline is as clear and distinct as that of a geometrical diagram.
His interest in the moral questions of the day has supplied the want of vitality in himself; his great facility at versification has enabled him to fill the ear with a copious stream of pleasant sound. We differ from Mr. Matter escapes the senses by degrees—a stone—a metal—a liquid—the atmosphere—a gas—the luminiferous ether.
The exactness with which the narrator recounts murdering the old man, as if the stealthy way in which they executed the crime were evidence of their sanity, reveals their monomania and paranoia.
But to all we attach the notion of a constitution of particles—atomic composition. Above all, Poe is great because he is independent of cheap attractions, independent of sex, of patriotism, of fighting, of sentimentality, snobbery, gluttony, and all the rest of the vulgar stock-in-trade of his profession.
Both authors are more interested in praising than in portraying and evaluating Lowell. The temple of the god of song is equally accessible from every side, and there is room enough in it for all who bring offerings, or seek in oracle.
Man, and other thinking beings, are individualizations of the unparticled matter. But in what we shall say of his writings, we shall take his own standard as our guide. On August 15,Sam Porpora, a former historian at the Westminster Church in Baltimore where Poe is buried, claimed that he had started the tradition in As she on the air, To keep watch with delight On the harmony there.
No one has really a conception of spirit. I am sitting in my old garret, at my old desk, smoking my old pipe But his verse is stereotyped; his thought sounds no depth, and posterity will not remember him. Music is the perfection of the soul, or idea, of Poetry. He leaves to imagination the task of finishing the picture, a task to which only she is competent.
A glib and superficial study, it contributes nothing to our understanding of Lowell. Edgar Allan Poe met James Russell Lowell, the poet, professor, critic, and editor, in the lates, and each respected the other’s work.
Poe ranked Lowell as “at least the second or third place among the poets of America.”. EDGAR ALLAN POE By James Russell Lowell.
THE situation of American literature is anomalous. It has no centre, or, if it have, it is like that of the sphere of Hermes. James Russell Lowell and John Greenleaf Whittier were poets during the Romantic era.
In that time, poets often wrote about humans’ relationship with nature. SOURCE: “James Russell Lowell,” in Fifteen American Authors Before Bibliographic Essays on Research and Criticism, edited by Robert A. Rees and Earl N. Harbert, University of Wisconsin. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, in Boston, Massachusetts ("Poe, Edgar Allan," Encyclopedia Britannica ).
Poe's parents were David Poe, an actor based in Baltimore and Elizabeth Arnold Poe, an actress born in England, also based in Baltimore ().
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