Poems on Several Occasions

Poems on Several Occasions

Poems on Several Occasions

Poems on Several Occasions

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The publication of Mather Byles Poems on Several Occasions and of the anonymous Poems by Several Hands, which contains numerous poems by him, was, two centuries ago, a major literary event. Although neither of these volumes has substantial or independent importance in the history of the development of the theory and technique of American poetry, both have an interest that is more than purely antiquarian. First, their appearance marks the culmination of a period in the lifetime of one of the best-known and most widely recognized writers in colonial New England. Secondly, the verse which . . .

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