William Cullen Bryant


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Bryant, William Cullen

 

Born Nov. 3, 1794, in Cummington; died June 12, 1878, in New York. American poet. One of the initiators of the romantic movement in American literature. Son of a doctor.

Bryant began to publish at age 13. The collection Poems (1821) was influenced by the “cemetery” poetry of E. Young and T. Gray and the lyrics of W. Wordsworth (the poem “Thanatopsis,” 1821; the stanzas “To a Waterfowl,” 1815). Bryant created beautiful pictures of American nature and village life in verse meditations in traditional form. In the poem “The Ages” (1821) the poet expressed his dream of the coming golden age.

Bryant hailed national liberation struggles in Greece, Spain, and Italy, supported the struggle of workers against capitalism, and demanded an end to slavery in the USA. He published Letters of a Traveler (1850). Bryant was one of the best English translators of Homer.

WORKS

The Complete Poems. New York, [1894].
In Russian translation:
In Zenkevich, M. Iz amerikanskikh poetov. Moscow, 1946.

REFERENCE

Istoriia amerikanskoi literatury, vol. 1. Moscow-Leningrad, 1947.

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References in classic literature ?
1] This poem does not appear in the collected works of William Cullen Bryant, nor in the collected poems of his brother, John Howard Bryant.
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But, as William Cullen Bryant observed in "Thanatopsis," "To him who in the love of Nature holds / Communion with her visible forms, she speaks / A various language.
At Belgian Village Camp in Cummington, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the American romantic poet William Cullen Bryant, we had vespers in an elegant clearing in the forest called "the green cathedral.
IN A SPEECH GIVEN AT A FORMAL DINNER IN 1868 FOR SAMUEL BREESE MORSE (THE American portrait painter who invented the electric telegraph), William Cullen Bryant began by speaking "in behalf of the press" as a New York City newspaper editor and ended by giving a bravura performance of the transatlantic imaginary he had become famous for as a poet.
1) Although Hinkle asserts that knowing its sources and influences is unnecessary for understanding The Sun Also Rises, he intimates, nonetheless, that Bill's allusion to William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), embedded within his discourse on William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), has significance beyond Bill's playful association of similar-sounding names.
Can a new William Cullen Bryant write a new "Thanatopsis" in which "The paths of glory lead but to the grave" not just for each man and woman but for the human species as a whole?