Life and Letters of Joel Barlow, LL.D., Poet, Statesman, Philosopher: With Extracts from His Works and Hitherto Unpublished Poems

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CHAPTER X.
PERSONAL.
THE critic, after a careful analysis of the character of Joel Barlow, would probably rank him, first, as philanthropist; second, as statesman; third, as philosopher; and fourth, as poet. His philanthropy crops out in every line of his writings, in every act of his life. His letters to Washington, to the citizens of the United States, to Monroe, while abroad on the French mission, and his Fourth of July oration at Washington, give evidence of broad and liberal statesmanship. His philosophical turn was most apparent in his private letters and intercourse with familiar friends. As a poet he was certainly respectable. His "Hasty-Pudding" would be an addition to any literature, and in all his poems are passages that show the inspiration of the true poet. It is as the pioneer of American poetry, however, that he is worthy of the highest honor. He was not a voluminous writer, the following being, it is believed, a complete list of his published works:
I. "The Prospect of Peace," a political composition, delivered in Yale College at the examination of the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts, July 23, 1778. 12mo, pp. 12. New Haven, 1778.
II. "Elegy on the late Titus Hosmer." 8vo. Hartford, 1780.
III. "A Poem spoken at Yale College," 1781.
IV. Imitation of the Psalms of David, translated by Dr. Isaac Watts, corrected and enlarged by Joel Barlow. To which is added a collection of hymns. The whole applied to the state of the Christian Church and religion

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  • Title Page i
  • Introductory Note. iii
  • Joel Barlow. 1
  • Chapter II - 1778-1780. 10
  • Chapter III - 1780-1783. 24
  • Chapter IV - 1783-1788. 46
  • Chapter V - 1788-1795. 55
  • Chapter VI - 1795-1797. 115
  • Chapter VII - 1797-1805. 151
  • Chapter VIII - 1805-1811. 204
  • Chapter IX - 1811-1813. 256
  • Chapter X - Personal. 289
  • Index. 305
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