Literary reminiscences and memoirs of Thomas Campbell

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Page 291 - ... and revenge. But the whole catastrophe is affirmed in a Canadian newspaper to have been nothing more than a fair battle. If this be the fact, let accredited signatures come forward to attest it and vindicate the innocence and honourableness of the whole transaction, as your father's character has been vindicated. An error about him by no means proves the whole account of the business to be a fiction.
Page 134 - Campbell smells too much of the oil : he is never satisfied with what he does ; his finest things have been spoiled by over-polish — the sharpness of the outline is worn off. Like paintings, poems may be too highly finished. The great art is effect, no matter how produced. " I will show you an ode you have never seen, that I consider little inferior to the best which the present prolific age has brought forth.
Page 228 - If the freedom of your fathers Glow not in your hearts the same. What are monuments of bravery, Where no public virtues bloom? What avail in lands of slavery Trophied temples, arch, and tomb?
Page 290 - ... they regret my departure from historical truth, I join in their regret only in as far as I have unconsciously misunderstood the character of Brant, and the share of the Indians in the transaction, which I have now reason to suspect was much less than that of the white men. In other circumstances I took the liberty of a versifier to run away from fact into fancy, like a schoolboy who never dreams that he is a truant when he rambles on a holiday from school. It seems however, that I falsely represented...
Page 130 - Coleridge has attacked the Pleasures of Hope, and all other pleasures whatsoever. Mr. Rogers was present, and heard himself indirectly rowed by the lecturer. We are going in a party to hear the new Art of Poetry by this reformed schismatic...
Page 74 - He would return home to tea, and then retire again to his study, often until a late hour, sometimes even to an early one. His life was strictly domestic. He gave a dinner party now and then, and at some of them Thomas Moore, Rogers, and other literary friends from town were present. His table was plain, hospitable, and cheered by a hearty welcome. In those days he took his wine freely at times, when he had company. When he had no company, he generally left the table directly after dinner was over.
Page 292 - American edition, described mo as having injured the composition of the poem by shewing it to friends who (truck out its best passages. Now I read it to very few friends, and to none at whose suggestion I ever struck out a single line. Nor did I ever lean on the taste of others with that miserable distrust of my own judgment which the anecdote conveys.
Page 69 - Annals of Great Britain, from the Accession of George III. to the Peace of Amiens.
Page 62 - On coming to town it would appear that Campbell commenced writing for the newspapers under the auspices of Perry of the Morning Chronicle. He was not very successful, nor could it be expected; experience must have been wanting. A knowledge of the political topics of the time...
Page 304 - Once already has it suffered a watery death : it is to be destroyed a second time by fire. A celebrated author, having in his writings followed it through all its changes from the creation to the consummation, describes the eruption of this fire and the progress it is to make, with the final and utter devastation to be effected by it, when all sublunary nature shall be overwhelmed and sunk in a molten deluge.

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