Yet there was more. As we resist this process, the resulting state must evidently be one with which we may interpret the mind of Shakspeare,—a sense of eternal life, an activity communicated to all else, and not merely one communicated to us from without; we are no longer the servants of sin, but the free followers of Christ.
I think the only pleasure is in the actual exertion and research, and I would no more write upon any other terms than I would hunt merely to dine upon hare-soup.
The epic poetry of the Greeks corresponds to sculpture, and in the one, as in the other, the outward forms of life and action live and will ever live unrivalled. He often took a personal interest in these young men, going for walks with them and visiting them in their rooms.
His voice had a certain hollowness, as if echoing mine. We find this thought therefore standing out more or less prominently throughout all his plays, and forming, as I have before said, the ground-plan of Hamlet. We shall then be surprised that we ever sought for him apart from his creations, and learn that the perfect poet is never visible save in action, in the ever new, ever changing aspect of nature and of man.
A fire that Essays and poems by jones very cannot burn perpetually in a man. The following day Very was sent to the McLean Asylum in Charlestown, where he would be kept for one month.
This, however, was only the first stage. To escape this thraldom and reach a point from which the heroic character of their age might be seen dilated to its full height, modern poets have fled beyond the bounds of time and woke the echoes of eternity.
That a sense of life would be the accompaniment of this activity would then be apparent; for how could that childlike love of variety and joyous sympathy with all things exist, save from that simple happiness which in him ever flowed from the consciousness of being, but which, alas, by most of us is known but in youth?
Inno longer suffering from his religious fervor, Very returned to his family home in Salem. It originated, doubtless, in that desire, which every great poet must especially feel, of revealing to his age forms of nobler beauty and heroism than dwell in the minds of those around him.
Milton gives us the philosophy of Christian epic poets, when he says, "that he who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things, ought himself to be a true poem; that is, a composition and pattern of the best and honorablest things; not presuming to sing of high praises of heroic men or famous cities, unless he have in himself the experience and practice of all that which is praiseworthy.
It originated, doubtless, in that desire, which every great poet must especially feel, of revealing to his age forms of nobler beauty and heroism than dwell in the minds of those around him.
This is mysticism in its highest form. We have thus endeavored to show that the manifestation of the heroic character in the time of Homer was perfectly exhibited in outward visible action, and that this reflected from the soul of the poet addressed to a seeing and listening, rather than a reading people, was the poetry of fancy rather than sentiment.
No, sir, quoth he, Call me not fool, till heaven hath sent me fortune: Great floods haveflown From simple sources; and great seas have dried When miracles have by the greatest been denied.
Virgil, as well as every other poet whose action lies in times very far distant from his own, has not the greatest difficulty to overcome, in exhibiting characters moved by those same affections and sympathies which unite the ceaseless generations of men, in giving to the slumbering past the emotions of the present; but in adapting to the story of a former age, and perhaps foreign nation, that peculiar system of manners which constitutes the outward development of the heroic spirit, and of which no mind, but such as has been subjected to its actual influence, can either strongly feel or vividly describe.
But that page of the heroic character is turned forever;—another element is developing itself in the soul, and breathing into the materiality of the past a spiritual life and beauty. There was no self left, therefore all was Divine, and the figure of Christ had returned to earth in the form of a man.Essays And Poems by Jones Very Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive.
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His poems grew out of an increasingly intense mysticism, which began to develop in his college years, culminating in a bout of near insanity in the period immediately after college. Essays and Poems / By Jones Very.
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This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan Uni 3/5(1). essays and poems: by. jones very.
boston: charles c. little and james brown mdcccxxxix. page [ii] page [iii] to edward tyrrel channing, boylston professor in harvard university this volume is inscribed, as a token of gratitude, by the author. Jones Very (August 28, – May 8, ) was an American poet, essayist, clergyman, and mystic associated with the American Transcendentalism movement.
He was known as a scholar of William Shakespeare and many of his poems were Shakespearean sonnets.Download