Representative Southern Poets

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byCharles William Hubner

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... You hold a prism to your uplifted eye, And let the Sun-god's lances pierce it through, Sudden what splendors are revealed to you, What wondrous blending colors you descry, And scores of rainbows seem to span the sky! The common things of earth fade from the view, A world, in Eden glory robed anew By God's own hand before you seems to lie; To me this types the glorifying powers Of thy pure verse, O crystal-souled Lanier! Thy pen for Truth did holy warfare wage, Ithuriel's spear it was, but wreathed with flowers; Thy virgin muse recalls Art's golden age, Its music in thy classic song we hear. Sidney Lanier was born in Macon, Georgia, on the third day of February, 1842. On his father's side he was of French and on his mother's of Scotch descent. His father was a prominent lawyer, a man of fine ability and excellent character. The poet's mother was a woman remarkable for her many accomplishments, her strong character, and her refined and amiable disposition. Through a long line of distinguished ancestors we find fruiting and flowering in the poet the commingling elements of two of the noblest races on earth; the grace, the chivalry, the refinement, the brilliancy of the French, combining with the sturdy independence, the deep spirituality, the clear sense and stern patriotism of the Scotch. At a very early age the boy developed a passionate fondness for music, and learned to play several instruments. As his predominating musical gift constitutes such an important element of Lanier's artistic nature, it is interesting to trace this peculiar development to its distant hereditary source. It was transmitted to him from an ancestry distinguished for genius in music. One of his ancestors, Jerome Lanier, a Huguenot refugee, was a composer of music at the court of Qu...

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... You hold a prism to your uplifted eye, And let the Sun-god's lances pierce it through, Sudden what splendors are revealed to y...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217040985

ISBN - 13:9780217040983

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