The Hunter of the Prairies by William Cullen Bryant. Both were poets of nature. A race, that long has away, Built them;--a and race Heaped, with long toil, the earth, yet the Greek Was the to forms Of symmetry, and on its rock The Parthenon. What theology we find in Bryant's poetry must then be gathered from occasional utterances of the overflowing heart, rather than from any set effort to declare dogmatic truth. Not the least trace of any iron tools have been employed to smooth the face of them, could be perceived. He began the study of the law at Worthington and at Bridgewater, and at the age of twenty-one was admitted to the bar at Plymouth. Fitting floor For this magnificent temple of the sky-- With flowers whose glory and whose multitude Rival the constellations! Back to William Cullen Bryant Curtis Dahl provides the name of one last candidate for admission to the Early American Writers' Mound-Builder Hall of Fame, and that is Cornelius Mathews.
Our poet saw God in the beauty and grandeur of the world. He who has tamed the elements, shall not live The slave of his own passions; he whose eye Unwinds the eternal dances of the sky, And in the abyss of brightness dares to span The sun's broad circle, rising yet more high, In God's magnificent works his will shall scan— And love and peace shall make their paradise with man. Whether he meant to illustrate the nature of life and the nature of nature or not, he sure came up with some pretty amazing points. We found several scull, leg and thigh hones, which plainly indicated that their possessors were men of gigantic stature. Two Poems by William Cullen Bryant OliverCowdery. Bryant's wife died in 1866.
For I shall feel the sting of ceaseless pain, If there I meet thy gentle presence not; Nor hear the voice I love, nor read again In thy serenest eyes the tender thought. There is a day of sunny rest For every dark and troubled night: And grief may bide an evening guest, But joy shall come with early light. The editors added an introduction to Thanatopsis in a completely different style. During the war years, the paper's circulation doubled. The title is composed of two words: 'thanatos,' which means 'death,' and 'opsis,' which means 'view,' so 'Thanatopsis' actually means 'a view of death.
He was born at Cummington, a little hamlet hid away among the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts. Similarly, the Genius of Oblivion has gathered to her bosom the works of most of the other authors of Mound-Builder literature with the exception of Joseph Smith, whose book or transcription has become famous for other reasons. To the end of his days Bryant recognized his indebtedness to his father. He penned tales of his journeys, such as Letters of a Traveler; or, Notes of Things Seen in Europe and America published in 1850, and in his advanced years translated two classics of , the Iliad 1870, and the Odyssey, 1871-72, which he worked on in his spare time after the death of his wife in order to keep his mind occupied. It is the appointed end of earthly life, and its lesson is expressed in the closing lines of the poem: So live, that when thy summons comes to join The innumerable caravan, which moves To that mysterious realm, where each shall take His chamber in the silent halls of death, Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night, Scourged to his dungeon; but, sustained and soothed By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave, Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams. Indeed, he trusts that even now the separation is not complete: May we not think that near us thou dost stand With loving ministrations? Then all these wastes, a dreary scene On which, with sorrowing eyes, we gaze, Shall grow with living waters green, And lift to heaven the voice of praise.
There is no violence of diction. Kind words, remembered voices once so sweet, Smiles, radiant long ago, And features, the great soul's apparent seat. But his appeals for mercy are in vain: His heart was broken—crazed his brain: At once his eye grew wild; He struggled fiercely with his chain, Whispered, and wept, and smiled; Yet wore not long those fatal bands, And once, at shut of day, They drew him forth upon the sands, The foul hyena's prey. But justice is mixed with love. On one sojourn in Italy, his wife became sick there and he treated her with homeopathic remedies, in which he was a firm believer. The Editor As an editor espousing liberal causes, Bryant had considerable impact on the life of New York and of the nation. The posthumous decline of Bryant's literary reputation was sometimes pinned to what critics termed a lack of passion in his verse, but Bryant appeared to apply his heart to polital matters.
William Cullen Bryant's early education came from his father. Here he luxuriated, and received many a distinguished guest. But this was not the case with Bryant. In his early life Bryant would spend a great deal of time in the woods surrounding his family's New England home, and read of the extensive personal library his father had. His visits to Boston and his acquaintance with public men made him the oracle of his town, though his serene nature prevented any pretense of superiority. Yale Book of American Verse.
Poetry is one of those largest and most precious growths, for it is the rhythmical expression of the world's meaning, in thoughts that breathe and words that burn. He was struggling with his own religious beliefs around this time and that, coupled with his love of nature, was likely the inspiration for 'Thanatopsis. At sixteen months, he knew all the letters of the alphabet. All is gone, All, save the piles of earth that hold their bones, The platforms where they worshipped unknown gods, The barriers which they builded from the soil To keep the foe at bay, till oer the walls The wild beleaguerers broke, and, one by one, The strongholds of the plain were forced, and heaped With corpses. In his family, every Sunday morning, there was the reading of a chapter of the Bible and of prayers. People should not fear death because everyone dies and becomes a part of nature. Thus, 'mid the wreck of thrones, shall live Unmarred, undimmed, our hero's fame, And years succeeding years shall give Increase of honors to his name.
These qualities of style the father communicated to the son. It is not surprising that he chose a Mound-Builder theme for some of his work, but it is, perhaps, regrettable that he never undertook to write the much needed epic of America's missing classical past. I know the sweet calm features; The peerless smile I know; And I stretch my arms with transport From where I stand below. The standard biography of Bryant is Parke Godwin, A Biography of William Cullen Bryant, with Extracts from His Private Correspondence 2 vols. He would describe the ancient inhabitants of this continent, their dress, mode of traveling, and the animals upon which they rode; their cities, their buildings, with every particular; their mode of warfare; and also their religious worship. Since his own father was a physician, his ambition was to have a son who should be a physician also, and with that hope he named his second son William Cullen, after the then celebrated physician of Edinburgh. As oer the verdant waste I guide my steed, Among the high rank grass that sweeps his sides, The hollow beating of his footstep seems A sacrilegious sound.