Nor is there any divine judgment in which the good are rewarded and the evil punished. Dana could not believe that an American poet could have written such lines. Morse, on the occasion of the dedication of his statue in Central Park, New York, in 1871; addresses on Shakespeare and Scott on similar occasions in 1872; and one on Mazzini in 1878; on his return from which, a fall resulted in his death. Earth, that nourished thee, shall claim Thy growth, to be resolved to earth again, And, lost each human trace, surrendering up Thine individual being, shalt thou go To mix for ever with the elements, To be a brother to the insensible rock And to the sluggish clod, which the rude swain Turns with his share, and treads upon. Peter Bryant found the manuscripts while Cullen, as he was known to the family, was still in Bridgewater. If the poem is read aloud, it is hard for the listener to resist the grand sweep of the blank verse, which resonates with a calm maturity that makes one forget that it was written by a poet still in his teenage years.
In this poem, nothing that lives is eternal except the forms of nature. Believing in civic involvement, the man of letters still expected the poet to function above the world. Had you seen more of those attempts of mine concerning which you express yourself so favorably, your opinion would perhaps have been different. In 1726 Cullen went to the , where he became a student of British surgeon John Paisley. Edgar Allan Poe, however, differed from Chivers assessments and praised Bryant for his works especially for June and his essay The Poetic Principle. William Cullen Bryant Biography, Life, Interesting Facts Born on November 3, 1794, William Cullen Bryant was an American journalist and a nature poet. Bryant was for a time a Free-Soiler and later one of the founders of the Republican party.
This is a new biography of Bryant that shows the full extent of his influence on the cultural life of nineteenth-century America. His well-established New England family was staunchly Federalist in politics and Calvinist in religion. In his later years he devoted considerable time to translations. After the war of 1812-14, in which the United States defeated Britain and showed it was ready to assume a prominent international role, essays began appearing in American literary journals calling for the establishment of a genuine. Blank Verse The poem is written in blank verse, which is unrhymed verse usually written in iambic pentameter, a line of five iambic feet. He would perhaps have succeeded in entirely stifling his genius had not stimulus from The North American Review and its editors eventually counteracted the advice of materialistic friends. The oak 30 Shall send his roots abroad, and pierce thy mould.
Where are the flowers, the fair young flowers, that lately sprang and stood In brighter light and softer airs, a b. To him who in the love of Nature holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks A various language; for his gayer hours She has a voice of gladness, and a smile And eloquence of beauty, and she glides Into his darker musings, with a mild And healing sympathy, that steals away Their sharpness, ere he is aware. In 1755 Cullen returned to the , where he was later appointed to the chair of the institutes theory of medicine and eventually became sole professor of medicine, the position he held until shortly before his death. Bryant forwarded the note to Great Barrington, his son replied that he would attempt a review if he could procure a copy of the essay. Now, it is obvious, all this demands great versatility of talent, as well as a state of strong and peculiar mental excitement.
In 1834, the poet, rich in fame, sailed for Europe. In 1878, Bryant died from injuries sustained in a fall, but his legacy lives on, most famously thanks to Bryant Park in New York City, which was named after him. He was elected to the chair of medicine at Glasgow in 1751. Just as he refuses the orthodox theism of the graveyard school, he declines to take up the pantheism inherent not only in Wordsworth but in many other romantic poets. Everything about Bryant's background substantiates this conclusion.
His careful investment of his income made Bryant wealthy. Prior to one of his departures for Bridgewater, where he was studying law, Bryant in 1814 or 1815 set in motion a train of momentous events, by placing in his father's desk, for his father's eye, a small sheaf of manuscript poems. The standard biography of Bryant is Parke Godwin, A Biography of William Cullen Bryant, with Extracts from His Private Correspondence 2 vols. Here, in the demonstrated prowess of the poet, is Bryant's highest moment. He was one of the longest-serving editors the New York Evening Post being at the post for almost five decades and best known for Thanatopsis. The book has relevance for a poet such as Bryant, who had a strong need to come to terms with death. Bryant did not necessarily intend for this to be a spiritual poem, or for people to feel like he was preaching to them and telling them what to think, but the poem has often been read and analyzed as being one where the poet is doing just that.
Elegy An elegy is a formal and somber poem that either laments the death of a particular person or is a more general meditation on death. The oak Shall send his roots abroad, and pierce thy mould. What kind of poet was it possible to be in Federalist during The Era of Good Feeling? Read in isolation, the short second section of the poem is a dark vision of Nature's role in the destruction of man. Hugh Holman, Odyssey Press, 1960. Taken as a whole, the essay indicated that such a writer as Cliffton was, in Bryant's mind, America's nearest approximation to the ideal poet.
William Cullen Bryant used his editorial to propagate the right of the workforce to strike, the right of religious minorities and immigrants. In 1825 Bryant removed to New York to enter upon his new duties. In 1825, he moved to City, where he became editor of the Review. In 1821, Bryant married Frances Fairchild. He was one of the first to teach in English rather than in Latin, and he delivered his clinical lectures in the infirmary, lecturing not from a text but from his own notes. The poem is clearly a piece from the Era of Romanticism; this is not only because of the date of its inception, but also because it follows the strict principles of Romanticism, which included a strong emphasis on imagination, individualism and a love of nature.