Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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The good sense of this extract should do much towards
enforcing the opinion which it conveys; and it confirms
our own, previously entertained and expressed, in regard
to the affair in question. Mr. Poe's error was not,
perhaps, in making verses, nor making them after a
fashion of his own; but in delivering them before an au-
dience of mixed elements, and just after a discourse of
three mortal hours by a prosing orator. That any of his
hearers should have survived the twofold infliction, is
one of these instances of good fortune which should bring
every person present to his knees in profound acknow-
ledgment to a protecting providence.