The Poets' Praise: From Homer to Swinburne, Collected and Arranged, with Notes (Classic Reprint)

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Moulton, Mr. Ernest Myers, Mr. F. W. H. Myers, Mrs. 'e. Nesbit, ' Mr. F. T. Palgrave, Mr. W. H. Pollock, Mr. W. W. Story, Mr. Swinburne, Mrs. Graham R. Tomson, Mr. Aubrey de Vere, Mr. William Watson, Mr. Theodore Watts, and Mr. Oscar Wilde, from many of whom special kindness has been received also, to the representatives of the following deceased poets - Mr. William Allingham, Mr. Sydney Dobell, Lord Houghton, Mr. George Morine, Mr. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Lord Rosslyn, and Mr. W. Bell Scott and finally, to the follow ng firms, for permission to reprint poetry which they publish - Messrs. Chatto and Windus (mr. Swinburne and Mr. Buchanan), Messrs. Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co. (archbishop Trench), Messrs. Macmillan and Co. (mr. Matthew Arnold, Lord Tennyson, and Mr. W. Watson), and Messrs. Routledge and Co. (mr. P. J. Bailey).

The Compiler's hope is that 'the Poets' Praise' may be welcomed, in the first place, as a collection of poetic utter ances, in themselves attractive and delightful, and, in the second place, as a book of reference for the everyday purposes of the student and lover of poetry, as well as of the public speaker and writer. In every instance the accepted editions have been consulted, and the greatest possible care has been taken in reproducing the text. The arrangement of the poems and passages is chronological, except where living writers are con cerned - ir is then alphabetical. It will be understood, of course, that the number of 'praises' allotted to each Poet has depended, not wholly upon the choice of the Compiler, but also upon the amount of material at her disposal. Many poets who have been the subject of little commendatory verse have enjoyed much poetic commendation through the vehicle of prose. It has also to be noted that the 'praises' here repro duced refer, almost invariably, to the Poet as poet, and not to the Poet as man it is upon the work, not upon the personality, that the eulogy, in general, has been bestowed. It should be added that purely dramatic poetry has been excluded from the scope of this volume and, consequently, so familiar a passage as that about 'the poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling' ('a Midsummer Night's Dream, ' V. I.) does not appear in these pages.

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