« PreviousContinue »
BOOK OF ENGLISH POETRY.
PART I.-MODERN ENGLISH POETS.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. The peculiar characteristics of the modern school of British Poets may be concisely stated to originate in the abandonment of classical imagery, and the artificial ideas adapted from Greek and Roman mythology, for the more direct subserviency of the muse to truth and nature. All poetry is, indeed, necessarily inspired by the truthful appreciation of nature ; but the choice of subject, and the mode of treatment, are equally affected by the fashions and tendencies of the age, and thus the works of the true poet become the mirror in which the characteristics of his era are reflected and faithfully depicted for other times.
During the latter part of the eighteenth century, names belonging to the modern school of poets began to appear among those singularly fantastic writers, such as Darwin, Hayley, and Weston, who so fitly represented the character of that most formal and artificial period.
From "The Cottar's Saturday
The Beacon Fire,
Toa Mountain Daisy, on turning
Love of Country,
one down with the Plough,
58 Our Country and our Home,
To Mary in Heaven,
To a Friend, proposing to do- The Dream of Eugene Aram, 149
Kilmeny's return from Fairy The Future,
A Mountain Landscape, 88 Sabbath Evening,
The Glory of God in Nature, 106 | The Lady's Yes,
To the Bramble Flower, 108 To a Dying Infant,