WORDSWORTH (WILLIAM) Autograph letter signed ("Wm Wordsworth"), to "My dear Bishop", praising the work of a young American poet, 1845
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WORDSWORTH (WILLIAM) Autograph letter signed ("Wm Wordsworth"), to "My dear Bishop", praising the work of a young American poet, 1845
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WORDSWORTH (WILLIAM)
Autograph letter signed ("Wm Wordsworth"), to "My dear Bishop", praising the work of a young American poet: "I have to thank for several specimen of the abilities of a young poet which seem to me of high promise: They are full of deep emotion, and not wanting in vigorous and harmonious expression. Pray convey to him my best wishes for his health happiness and success in that department of literature, in which it becomes every day more difficult to obtain and secure attention, however well it may be deserved"; apologising for taking so long to write, but very much looking forward to seeing him again should he return to London, 2 pages, slight split where folded, tipped into volume one of the Complete Poetical Works in the Houghton Mifflin Large Paper edition of 1910, other volumes lacking, 8vo, Rydal Mount, 1 August 1845

Footnotes

  • Wordsworth's correspondent can be identified as George Washington Doane, Bishop of New Jersey, and the aspiring poet as William W. Lord. The letter was quoted in The Tribune for 17 September 1845, which went on to reveal that not everybody shared Wordsworth's high opinion, remarking that his letter 'must be consoling to the lacerated sensibilities of the badly-criticized poet', whose Poems came out that year. A further volume, Christ in Hades, a poem of eight books written in blank verse, was to appear in 1851. As a sample of Lord's muse, one could quote his poem on Keats, which starts: 'Oh gold Hyperion, love-lorn Porphyro,/ Ill-fated! from thine orb'd fire struck back/ Just as the parting clouds began to glow/ And stars, like sparks, to bicker in thy track!...'.
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