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William Cullen Bryant: Author of America

by Gilbert H. Muller

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A biography of one of nineteenth-century America's foremost poets and public intellectuals.
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This is a biography composed as it should be. It tells the life chronolgically, discussing poems as Bryant wrote them and telling of his life as editor and traveller. I decided to read Bryant's biography because I have long revelled in his poem "I Cannot Forget With What Fervent Devotion" which includes the felicitous lines:
'Mong the deep-cloven fells that for ages had listened
To the rush of the pebble-paved river between,
Where the kingfisher screamed and gray precipice glistened,
All breathless with awe have I gazed on the scene;

The only flaw in the book is that this poem is not mentioned! ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 17, 2010 |
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