A History Of American Literature Volume 1-2 by Moses Coit TylerA History Of American Literature Volume 1-2 by Moses Coit Tyler

A History Of American Literature Volume 1-2

byMoses Coit Tyler

Paperback | June 28, 2012

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...mind brimming with the imagery of the antique classics, the death of Anne Bradstreet--their one glorious example of poetic power in New England--seemed to come as a sort of elemental loss, a bereavement and a darkening of the earth, at which the sky itself and all its splendid tenants would put on mourning. Therefore, with the fine exaggerating speech of his passion, he cries out: "Ask not why the great glory of the sky, That gilds the stars with heavenly alchemy, Ask not the reason of his ecstasy, Paleness of late, in midnoon majesty; Why that the pale-faced Empress of the night Disrobed her brother of his glorious light. Did not the language of the stars foretell A mournful scene, when they with tears did swell? Did not the glorious people of the sky Seem sensible of future misery? Behold how tears flow from the learned hill; How the bereaved Nine do daily fill The bosom of the fleeting air with groans And woful accents, which witness their moans." As he dwells upon it, her death seems so cruel a theft from the world of what the world could ill spare, that his grief passes into wrath: "Some do for anguish weep; for anger, I, That Ignorance should live, and Art should die. Black, fatal, dismal, inauspicious day! Be it the first of miseries to all, Or last of life defamed for funeral. When this day yearly comes, let every one Cast in their urn the black and dismal stone. Succeeding years, as they their circuit go, Leap o'er this day, as a sad time of woe." Then, as this indignant gust has uttered itself, he turns in direct and reverent salutation to the dead poet, for whom he mourns: "Grave Matron, whoso seeks to blazon thee, Needs not make use of wit's false heraldry;, Whoso should give thee all thy worth, would swell So...
Title:A History Of American Literature Volume 1-2Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.44 inPublished:June 28, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021715946X

ISBN - 13:9780217159463