It seems to have been the original of other poems
of the kind.
Bold thought, untiring imagination, softness and harmony, make a true poem.
There is neither Iliad nor Odyssey to be found in the libraries of the Chinese; indeed, a favourite feature of their verse is the "stop short", a poem containing only four lines, concerning which another critic has explained that only the words stop, while the sense goes on.
If, at any time, any very long poem were popular in reality, which I doubt, it is at least clear that no very long poem will ever be popular again.
On the other hand, it is clear that a poem may be improperly brief.
I really liked Bloomfield better; for one thing, his poem
was written in the heroic decasyllabics which I preferred to any other verse.
Abt Vogler' is the richest, deepest, fullest poem
on music in the language.
The one critic in the United States had pronounced favorably on the poem
, while his own contention that good stuff could find its way into the magazines had proved correct.
MY dear sir," said the editor to the man, who had called to see about his poem
, "I regret to say that owing to an unfortunate altercation in this office the greater part of your manuscript is illegible; a bottle of ink was upset upon it, blotting out all but the first line - that is to say - "
The Works and Days": The poem
consists of four main sections.
, with its Gallic brilliancy and audacity, long exercised over Chaucer's mind the same dominant influence which it possessed over most secular poets of the age.
But as Ossian, if he ever lived, lived in the third century, as it is not probable that his poems
were written down at the time, and as the oldest books that we have containing any of his poetry were written in the twelfth century, it is very difficult to be sure that he really made the poems
called by his name.