His poem plainly shows that the tendency which Christianity gave to poetry was not to the epic but to the dramatic form, and if it freed the heroic poet from difficulties to which he was before liable, it also exposed him to another, which, although evaded by Milton, must in the end prove fatal.
Jones thus grew up shy and reserved, and on the outskirts of village life. After sharing the fullness of his vision with Elizabeth Peabody, he proceeded to enlighten the ministers Essays and poems by jones very the town.
Living, not thinking, he regards as the worship meet for the soul. The tendency of the mind, to which we have before alluded, and which had grown yet stronger in Milton's time than before, compelled him to make choice of the Fall of Man as his subject; a subject exclusive in its nature, being the only one which to our minds possesses a great epic interest.
A fire that bright cannot burn perpetually in a man. The great struggle of the epic poets since the time of Homer has been against this narrowing of their field of action, and making the instruments there employed less visible, less tangible. If so, there yet linger glimpses of wisdom in his memory.
If, like Virgil, they had chosen the same time for their action with Homer, they could not transfer to it the heroic spirit of their own day, at least, in its noblest development,—they could not make a Cato or a Brutus cotemporary with an Achilles or an Ajax;—they must evoke the heroic spirits of other days, spirits reluctant to obey the spells employed by the magicians of another age.
Instead of this, we should be quickening by our daily life that spiritual consciousness which otherwise, in the hour of death, we shall feel that we have lost; when the eye that saw, and the ear that heard, have done their tasks; when the heavens which that eye has so long gazed upon are rolling together as a scroll, and the thousand tones of music which the ear has drank from the earth are hushed, and the affrighted soul turns inward upon itself as the sole remaining monument of all that was once real.
The mind had taken a flight above the materiaIity of Dante, and resting between that and the pure spirituality of the present day, afforded him a foundation for his action.
He is the first epic poet that exhibits the tendency we have so often alluded to. We have thus endeavored to show that the manifestation of the heroic character in the time of Homer was perfectly exhibited in outward visible action, and that this reflected from the soul of the poet addressed to a seeing and listening, rather than a reading people, was the poetry of fancy rather than sentiment.
They were fascinated by each other's company, though their relationship was never entirely placid. Man needs no longer a vast array of physical means to effect his loftiest purpose; he seizes the quill, the mere toy of a child, and stamps on the glowing page the copy of his own mind, his thoughts pregnant with celestial fire, and sends them forth, wherever the winds of heaven blow or its light penetrates, the winged messengers of his pleasure.
She was quickly converted to his cause. It was Reverend Charles Wentworth Upham who finally had him committed. I refer to Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville. We shall then see a reason for their being as they actually appear to be facts, real events; which you could no more alter or improve, than you can the branch of a tree, or the visible realities themselves.
Emerson made his first acquaintance with Very just weeks before he was to deliver his Divinity School Address that was to send the Harvard faculty into a paroxysm of consternation.
After working at an auction house,  Very became a paid assistant to the principal of a private school in Salem as a teenager. He was 20 years of age when he entered as a sophomore, 3 years older than most of his classmates.
He wanted to save her, bring her into the fold, a task that would require an extraordinary action. Very also began to compose poetry.
However, his later work was primarily written in the form of the Shakespearean sonnet. He is a remarkable man.
To quote Emerson's Divinity School Address: Emerson, however, was surprised at Very's behavior in larger groups. During this voyage they visited Kronborg Castle, the home of Hamlet, forming an association which was to haunt and inspire young Very in the years to come.
The few friendships he formed tended to be with his professors. The last traces of self-will were banished. In the individual act we feel more than that which suffices for this alone; we feel sensible that the blood that is filling one vein, and becoming visible to us in one form, possesses a vitality of which every limb and the whole body are alone the fit expression.
In the exceptions of our race, in those we have been accustomed to call great, we see universality claimed for them in their minds' own inborn and free-working energies.URL: joeshammas.com Contents. View entire text. Essays and poems [Jones Very] on joeshammas.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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Jones Very - Poet - Jones Very was born on August 28,in Salem, Massachusetts. He enrolled in Harvard University as a sophomore inwhere he was praised for his prose work, winning the Bowdoin Prize for his essays two years in a row—the first Harvard student to ever do so.
He also published a number of poems in the Salem Observer, Knickerbocker, and Harvard’s student literary.
While Very's critical essays gained him immediate attention, Emerson soon discovered that his poetic talent was even greater. His poems grew out of an increasingly intense mysticism, which began to develop in his college years, culminating in a bout of near insanity in the period immediately after college.Download