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a Discourse on the
Wardlaw'Word of Godological Dictionary
FOR JULY, 1833.
Art. I. 1. Lectures on Poetry and General Literalure. Delivered at
the Royal Institution in 1830 and 1831. By James Montgomery, Author of “ The World before the Flood,” is The Pelican Island," &c., &c. 12mo. pp. X., 394. London, 1833. Readings in Poetry: a Selection from the best English Poets, from Spenser to the present Times; and Specimens of several American Poets of deserved Reputation. To which is prefixed, a brief Survey of the History of English Poetry. 12mo. pp. 419. London,
1833. W HEN I am a man! is the poetry of childhood. When I
was a child, is the poetry of age. The truth and beauty of this fine observation of Mr. Montgomery's will be felt by every reader. But it is not inerely true: there is a world of truth in it. It describes at once, and as only a poet could have done, what poetry is, and what are its aim and office. Poetry is the perspective of the moral scene. Those' realities of mortal life which, by near contact, strongly affect the senses,' it removes to that due distance which clothes them with picturesque and ideal beauty. And its moral purpose is, to make the past and the future preponderate over the present, and, by this means, to refine and elevåte the sentiments, to counteract the sordid passions, and to render the man a more intellectual, if not a more virtuous being. The aspirations of youth, such as poetry enkindles, if illusive, are salutary and generous illusions; while the recollections of the man, carried back to childhood, the radiance of poetry illumining the distant perspective, have often wakened regrets akin to virtue, and recalled the instructions and principles of life's better days.
But there is the poetry of history as well as of human life. Nations have their past and their future, their treasured recol