American Poets and Their Theology

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CONTENTS
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT1-48
Poetry a belated product of American soil3
William Cullen Bryant our first real poet4
He came of sturdy New England stock5
His birthplace, and his early discipline6
Educational influence of the times7
A natural linguist, but with little college training7
Indebtedness to his father, and dawn of poetical ambition8
At eighteen is author of "Thanatopsis"9
At eighty, of "Ode on Birthday of George Washington"12
His influence covered a period of fifty-six years.13
Cowper and Wordsworth his possible models13
Studies law, and practises for nine years14
Editor of "The Evening Post" in New York City15
His influence upon American journalism16
Untiring energy, and its physical conditions18
Foundation of his character was his belief in God19
His poetry not intentionally theological20
As poet of nature, compared with Wordsworth21
Saw a personal God in beauty and grandeur of the world22
Recognized the sinfulness of humanity23
Human sinfulness touches the divine compassion24
External world beautiful because unfallen25
God's justice is recognized, but justice is mixed with love26

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