I was in the midst of this unequal struggle when I first became acquainted with the poet who at once possessed himself of what was best worth having in me.
To be sure I had passed through what I may call a paroxysm of Alexander Smith, a poet deeply unknown to the present generation, but then acclaimed immortal by all the critics, and put with Shakespeare, who must be a good deal astonished from time to time in his Elysian quiet by the companionship thrust upon him.
But although he is a far better poet
than Barbour, or even perhaps than James I, he is not for you so interesting in the meantime.
blushed again, and said: "I do not think that can be the case, for my verses have never been printed."
His death by drowning gave rise to the great Dragon-boat Festival, which was originally a solemn annual search for the body of the poet
Wordsworth and Coleridge are of special interest not only from the primary fact that they are among the greatest of English authors, but also secondarily because in spite of their close personal association each expresses one of the two main contrasting or complementary tendencies in the Romantic movement; Coleridge the delight in wonder and mystery, which he has the power to express with marvelous poetic suggestiveness, and Wordsworth, in an extreme degree, the belief in the simple and quiet forces, both of human life and of Nature.
And which of us poets
hath not adulterated his wine?
Hence a great number of such as were professionally expressers of Beauty, as painters, poets
, musicians, and actors, have been more than others wont to lead a life of pleasure and indulgence; all but the few who received the true nectar; and, as it was a spurious mode of attaining freedom, as it was an emancipation not into the heavens but into the freedom of baser places, they were punished for that advantage they won, by a dissipation and deterioration.
It is because he has ministered with such marvellous vigour, and variety, and fine skill to this interest, that he is the most modern, to modern people the most important, of poets
"It has been said that a good critique on a poem may be written by one who is no poet
"To Art the best prize!" said the First Poet
, triumphantly, and endeavouring to devour his award broke all his teeth.
"Those who have not a roof over their heads will be wetted to the skin," said the good old poet