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Selections from American Poetry free pdf Excerpt from Selections From American Poetry: With Special Reference to Poe, Longfellow, Lowell, and Whittier If we define poetry as the heart of man expressed in beautiful language, we shall not say that we have no national poetry. True, America has produced no Shakespeare and no Milton, but we have an inheritance in all English literature- and many poets in America have followed in the footsteps of their literary British forefathers. Puritan life was severe. It was warfare, and manual labor of a most exhausting type, and loneliness, and devotion to a strict sense of duty. It was a life in which pleasure was given the least place and duty the greatest. Our Puritan ancestors thought music and poetry dangerous, if not actually sinful, because they made men think of this world rather than of heaven. When Anne Bradstreet wrote our first known American poems, she was expressing English thought- "The tenth muse" was not animated by the life around her, but was living in a dream of the land she had left behind- her poems are faint echoes of the poetry of England. After time had identified her with life in the new world, she wrote "Contemplations," in which her English nightingales are changed to crickets and her English gilliflowers to American blackberry vines. The truly representative poetry of colonial times is Michael Wigglesworth's "Day of Doom." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Margaret Sprague Carhart
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330482239
EAN : 9781330482230
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 402 pages
Age + : 5-9 years
Language : English
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