American Literature 1607-1885 (volume 2)

Paperback | January 6, 2012

byCharles Francis Richardson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. POETS OF FREEDOM AND CULTURE: WHITTIER, LOWELL AND HOLMES. It would seem natural to look to the United States, the world's most successful experiment in democratic government, for a literature peculiarly expressive of the idea of freedom. A certain disappointment is therefore felt when one finds, in two centuries and a half of English hisFreedom in tory on American soil, so much secondLiTeraturTM. nancl and second-rate theology, such weak and imitative semi-religious philosophy, and not a little that is conventional or negative as far as freedom is concerned, in Irving, Longfellow, and dozens of lesser writers. Is our literature, from the " Bay Psalm Book" upward, a pale reflection of better things abroad, unmarked by the national characteristics which commend the society and government of America to the half-reverent study of the old world, perplexed by the problems of the closing years of the nineteenth century? Yet let us not forget, in the first place, that the ideas of Greek, Roman, French, German, or English individualism color but a small part of literature; so that no disproportionate claim should be made upon American writers. In the second place, when timid provincialism gave way,--and never did it sooner yield in a colony,--the line of freedom's light became strongly and constantly apparent in Franklin's state and miscellaneous papers; in hundreds of speeches, from Otis' and Henry's to Webster's and Lincoln's; in the spiritual protests or asseverations of Channing and Emerson; and here and there in the histories of Bancroft, Motley, and Parkman. Imaginative or ideal themes chosen by poet or romancer, though less closely connected with the liberty-thought, demand free air for their development; Hawthorne's democracy liked an aristo...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. POETS OF FREEDOM AND CULTURE: WHITTIER, LOWELL AND HOLMES. It would seem natural to look to the United States, t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217166520

ISBN - 13:9780217166522

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