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thap proclaim his want of Poetical ca. well-regulated mind which is yet alive pacity. When we take up Crabbe for to the finer impressions. His Lyric amusement, or the anticipation of some aspirations exhibit a fancy teeming higher pleasure, we feel that, if he is with ideas, in all their finely-conceived capable of imparting the one,-toastu. forms, struck out in all their beauty dent who has been nurtured and train- and harmony of diction. If his per. ed amidst the poble, manly, and ex- formances of a later date, although pansive images and sentiments with combining the varied imagery and which certain Poets of other days splendid pageants of Eastera story, abound, which has marked at once with a native fecundity of description, the pathos, delicacy, and justness of exemplify somewhat of monotony in their thoughts,--soared with them to its lengthened progress-if the interegions of unbounded speculation, or rest we feel in " Lalla Rookh” lanmelted into tenderness at scenes of guishes through the glitter of balmy ineffable beauty,- he is utterly in- flowers aod oriental sweets from capable of affording the other. His “ Araby the Blest,” which are so genius paints the minute in nature with thickly sprinkled through bis
page, considerable accuracy, and often with if his verse loses all pretensions to force, but higher than that he seldom digpity and force through the light rises;— while the local, subordinate, and airy stanza in which he has einoften the humiliating features of his bodied the imaginations of his geniusnarratives impart a certain tone of still this does not destroy the convichomeliness and sterility of conception tions wbich must strike every reader, which generally sears the breast to that poetical fire and a mind suscepthe influence of the finer passions. tible of agreeable associations of ima. There are many readers who can ap- gery empinently characterize him. preciate the beauty of Crabbe's de- of the precise rauk and poetical scriptions in the physical world, who order of a COLERIDGE, and, it may be remain indifferent io all his appeals added, a WORDS WORTH, as the found. in the moral; one reason of which ers of a peculiar school, it would permay be, that in the former we feel haps be difficult to give an opinion that the topics of his discourse are which should not violate truth, and partly those of Poetical delineation; which should yet favour the views of but that in the latter they are forced the friends and admirers of those geninto a medium for which pature ne- tlemen. If the littlenesses for wbich ver designed them. This, bowever, Literature has scarcely a name, and does not prevent the peculiar sphere which have occasionally disgraced of moral painting which he has struck their pages, and the absurdities with out from affording scope for the ex- which they bave sometimes taken it ercise of contemplations; contempla. into their head to insult the under. tions, it must be said, which, while standings of their readers, do pot efthey exhibit forcible specimens of his fectually conceal the native talent power as a writer, do honour to his which they individually possess; they feeliugs as a man.
would do well to recollect that they A large share of public patronage degrade, instead of adorning, the Liand of public admiration has been terature of their country, when, bestowed on MOORE.- A genius of no formed by Nature for superior purordinary standard in the world of poses, they render their Muse a Poetry,—he may be said to have me- vehicle for folly or extravagance. rited those eulogiums which the con. But, indeed, from the countenance templation of superior intellect, or a sometimes given in our own day to well-stored mind is wont to demand productions wholly at variaoce with as a well-earned tribute. That the the principles of sound taste, the tenimagination of this distinguished Poet der, the chaste, the elegant, and the partakes bigbly of Nature's gifts, manly, in poetic disquisition, seem to must be acknowledged, not only by have made way in the breasts and the ardent breast who eagerly and opinions of men for quaint conceit, indiscriminately imbibes her thousand splendid inanity, or unintelligible sensweets wberever they lie scattered, timent. Much will it be to be de. and swallows indigestively the dele- plored by the admirer of just and terious flower with the wholesome noble sentiments, when the fine effuherb; but also by the judicious and sions and native glow which has ever
1819.] On the Poetry of the Nineteenth Century. 899 characterized our sons of genius,- them to the road of fame.
The which has sbone forth with such ex- “ Pleasures of Memory,” “The Pleaquisite and animated effect in a Mil- sures of Hope,” and “ The West Inton, a Thomson, a Warton, or a dies,” may be not improperly said to Gray,--shall no longer occupy their have respectively realized many of high station in the human breast, the sentiments wbich every thinking when point, unnatural associations, heart must immediately own to be and vapid trifles shall, in their turn, genuine, much of that beauty which become the objects of taste and of- pleases and must ever please, and that enthusiastic applause.
passion which is a transcript of naOccupying a distinguisbed rank in ture unfolded in harmonious dignity thescale of modern Poets, CAMPBELL, of numbers. MONTGOMERY, and ROGERS, to whom, It will, perhaps, upon an impartial perhaps, may be added Bowles, strike and comparative analysis, be acknowthe eye of the contemplatist who re- ledged that, with all homage to the views the present state of Poetry in strength of genius and fecundity of our native land. Their genius, if not imagination, which characterizes our of the highest class, is at least the Poets of the present day, and the degenuine offspring of nature, present. grees of positive excellence which ing neither the pomp and brilliancy mark their several performances, the of diction, without a correspondent rage for novelly, for system, for pasforce of images and of sentiment,- sion, distorted to the utmost height or the cold antithesis, and artificial of frenzied madness, and for an affecmapper which characterizes some of talion of feelings which Nature never our schools of modern inspiration. felt, materially detract from its efRightly discerning that the genuine forts of competition with those peeffusions of a mind alive to sensibility, riods, in our literary history, when clothed in the simple but elevating the “ sterling bullion of one English language of the heart, must eternally line” did not shine through “ whole outlive the ephemeral novelties of pages of French wire;" but when the systein, with their borrowed charms, richness and solidity of the concepthey have rejected the meretricious tion was only equalled by the fine arornaments which frequently gild the rangement and tuneful modulation of pages of contemporaries; their num- the expressions. bers form a proper vehicle for senti- Shakspeare himself, in all his flights ments which, while they sufficiently and irregularities, never losi sight of speak to the imagination, do not of the language of Nature; the passions fend the understanding or the voice of his characters were in unison with of suber judgment. But these Poets, the occasion which gave them birth, so far as their general tone and com- were regulated by a sort of poetical plexion of thinking may be argued propriely which gave them force and from their works, are of opinion with beauty, the conceptions of Milton those who consider fancy and enthu- were embodied in language finely siasm, although among the chief ac- barmonizing with the sentiment,--and complishments of a fine writer, as the emotions of Otway and Dryden not forming bis sole requisites--dis- were delivered in numbers correcrimination, good sense, and a know- sponding with the impression which ledge of what must eternally exer- they wished to excite in the minds of cise dominion over the human mind, their readers, of their being great when the contemporary influence of Poets as well as men of genius. prejudices, partialities, or courtly fa- Our poetical pretensions of equality, vour, will cease ; and as the creations therefore, with several previous of their “imaginations are bodied epochs during the long line of our forth,” justly think with the criticks literary history, may be justly a matof other days that reason, as well as ter of question with the cool unpre-. fancy, has a share in forming the sub- judiced critick. lime Poet,--that propriety and order The constellation (if the propriety of thought and of diction, is so far of the term be admitted) which now from shackling the views and aspira- illumines the British hemisphere, tions of the breast, swelling with exu- must evidently suffer from a compa. berant conceptions, that it points and rison with the rude but invigorated tempers them aright, and conducts intellect which adorned the close of
the Elizabethian age. Will it also be upon which I ground the idea ; perasserted, that the auspicious days of haps the very worst that an EnAnne, or those succeeding them, when gineer would adopt ; but, if the plan Collins, Gray, Armstrong, and Mason, can be proved feasible by a process wrote,ếor when Glover, Akenside, not good, it is fair to infer that it is Thomson, and Young, contributed more easily executed by a better. by their labours to raise the dignity
You know that Ferries at present and character of metrical composition consist of a large flat-bottomed lighter, to a beigbt not eclipsed by any other or barge-shaped boat, for the conage or nation,-do not offer models veyance of horses, and another smaller, transcending those of our own times for passengers. The conveyance of Melksham.
E. P. carriages (so far at least as concerns (To be continued.)
tbis River) is, from causes well known
to the natives, exceedingly rare, beOn the Conversion of Ferries into cause excessively inconvenient and moveable Bridges : and the Utility
troublesome. Nocturnal passage by of such a Plun in reference to the carriages, horses, or men, is not quite Wye in particular.
as rare, but studiously and prudently Mr. URBAN,
Oct. 8. shunned.
The question, therefore, proposed Wye, in habits of friendship with for the consideration of Engineers, is a gentleman who has intermarried simply this, whether these Ferries with a relative of the celebrated Man could or could not be converted into of Ross, I was recently invited to at. moveable bridges, answering, every tend the funeral of a gallant Officer useful purpose, without impeding the (Capt. Jones), who perished in an at- navigation, or being of heavy expense? tempt to ford the river Wye at an The Author does not know the upseasonable period *. The death of exact breadth of the Wye in most of any brave man, professionally en- the Ferries ; but presumes, from the gaged in the service of his country, is eye, that it may be upon an average a national loss, because such men are from sixty to seventy yards. Could the coin with which alone the coun. this distance be shortened by causetry can purchase Victory in the time ways and stone-work on each side,
This, however, is not to the with arches, to fifty yards ? Could point.
two bridges, turned on pivots, as in lo the funeral procession we passed canals, be made to meet horizontally, the fatal spot: and a concentration of like the folding-gates of a Lock, and ideas, suggested by the occasion, has rest upon a single pier, or wooden produced the following opinion, piles, in the middle of the River ? which, through the medium of your possibly the length might be too valuable Miscellany, I beg to offer to great of each bridge. Would it not, professional men and Engineers. You, then, be possible to have two piers, who know your Correspondent on upou each of which, on both sides, this occasion, will readily bear him rested a turning or pivot canal bridge; witness, that his a vocations are of a one of which was provided with a description far too different to merit platform, in the manner of a draw. the suspicion of vanity or interest; bridge, to cross the centre vacancy; and that, in offering his remarks, he and would oot this rest upon the opacts only upon an opinion that com- posite pier, and form a complele mon sense, in ratiocination à priori, bridge from bank tu bank; the whole, does not appear to overturn the na- or at least, the draw-bridge and one tural idea, that Ferries are convertible privot bridge being, by ineans of the into moveable bridges, by a very sim. usual lever, as easily moveable as ple process, where a river is narrow. winding up the rope, and affording At ibe same time, also, that I men- a better passage to barges, saving tion the idea, I do not presume to
them the trouble of lowering the say what may or may not be the best, mast. It must be evident to every or even the proper method :—that i candid reader, that this plan, simple leave to professional men; but of the as it is, is only the antieot Drawpracticability of the plan there can bridge between two canal bridges ; be no question, even by the method and, therefore, that it does not para * See our last Obituary, p. 381. EDIT,
take of the nature of project. The