The Poets and the People : A Selection of Patriotic and Democratic Verse from the Works of Burns, Wordsworth, Landor, Shelley, Lowell, Robert Browning, E. B. Browning, William Morris, William Watson, Ebenezer Elliott, Ernest Jones, Thomas Cooper, Charles M
Excerpt from The Poets and the People: A Selection of Patriotic and Democratic Verse From the Works of Burns, Wordsworth, Landor, Shelley, Lowell, Robert Browning, E. B. Browning, William Morris, William Watson, Ebenezer Elliott, Ernest Jones, Thomas Cooper, Charles Mackay, Et Al The prophets were the poets Of Old time, and the poets are the prophets Of Ours. As such they were and are the pioneers Of human progress. The statesman and the philosopher but follow them afar Off. The statesman deals With things that are, and occupies us with the study Of the real; the poet treats Of things that may be, and inspires us with visions of the ideal. The statesman is as the hand of one groping amid jungle-growths of selfish interests seeking the adjustment Of law; the poet is as the voice Of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way Of love! TO those who suffer in real life, trust in possible ideals is saving faith, and beautiful upon the mountains are the feet Of them that bring good tidings. Poetry is the herald Of hope's full fruition, and as such the inspiration Of faith's unceasing toil. The statesman may, and Often does, seek his own advantage or that Of the class to which he belongs. Commerce is aggressively competitive, and men of business without compunction seek their own gain in the calculated loss Of others. Official Christianity, which draws its political power from the one and its financial support from the other, condones the modified barbarism which survives in competitive institutions - a barbarism, as compared with Older forms, less brutal in its methods, but more cruel in its results. The poet knows no competition but emulation, and that in the demonstration Of beauty and the cause Of love. It is only by the sacrifice of his poetry that the poet can become selfish. This so, the true poet is the best Of all preachers Of the best Of all gospels for the people. The following pages contain a selection of the verse which ih spired and helped the democratic development Of the nineteenth century. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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- Alfred Henry Miles
- Hardback | 52 pages
- 152 x 229 x 6mm | 227g
- Publication date
- 06 Aug 2018
- Forgotten Books
- Illustrations note
- 15 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white