Annihilating all that’s made
To a green thought in a green shade. [ll. 47-8]
No other English poet had approached nature in this spirit.
Marvell’s poems are lyrical because of the intensity of his feeling; even those poems which he has entitled songs do not suggest a musical accompaniment. His verse is too compact, too overladen with thought and emotion for the lute’s melody of
lesser intervals, and plaintive moan
Of sinking semitone.
The lyric is becoming more and more an art form, independent of music. We see this in the song of the English emigrants in the Bermudas, a poem worth all the pages of Tom Moore’s lyrical description of these islands.
In addition to his work for the Victoria County Histories and the Historical MSS. Commission, Francis L. Bickley (1885-19—) has written extensively on literary subjects.
From North American Review, Boston-New York, 197 (February 1913), pp. 234-45.
Modern criticism—with an ardor sometimes disproportioned to its theme—has been a busy maker of reputations. We grow more catholic, seeing that art is a house of many mansions; but toleration has not been the only motive at work. In the trade of letters competition grows ever keener, and the tradesman’s best chance of profit lies in the display of strange wares. So poets who have long