Democracy and Poetry

Democracy and Poetry

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Democracy and Poetry

Democracy and Poetry

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This particular sketch of the relations between democracy and poetry opens with a retrospective view of the institution, and closes with a sort of prophecy about the art. In neither case is there the slightest pretence to completeness. Books and essays on democracy and the reaction abound; it may be doubted, however, that they will bring any surprises, so far as principles of government are concerned, to one who has read the proceedings of the various state conventions, notably in the case of Virginia, which decided upon the Constitution. Books and essays, again, abound on the state and the progress of poetry; but no practical crisis in poetic affairs has brought the discussion to a crucial point. The very unpretending forecast which ends these lectures undertakes neither an inventory--the books of the nations lie open to every inquirer--nor yet the intensive problem, such as that question lately . . .

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