Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Simms Review (Vol 15: No 2) >> Simms Defends Poe and Poe Replies >> Page 30

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Reviews/Essays | 1845-11-22
Transcription line of poetry in the whole, and which will admit of no superlative
to describe it. If we are to have a poem, why not have the 'true
thing,' that wll be recognizes as such,--for poems being written
for people that can appreciate them, it would be as well to cater
for their tastes as for individuals who cannot distinguish between
the true and the false."
The good sense of this extract should be much towards enforc-
ing the opinion which it conveys; and it confirms our own, pre
viously entertained and expressed, in regard to the affair in ques-
tion. 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 audience of mixed elements; and just after a discourse
of three mortal hours by a prosing orator. That any of his hear-
wes should have survived the two-fold infliction, is one of those in-
stances of good fortune which should bring every person present
to his knees in profound acknowledgement to a protecting provi-
We thank our friend of "The Patriot" and agree with
him fully, of course, in all points except his disparage-
ment of Mr. Cushing, who read us a very admirable dis-
course. "The Patriot," it will be understood, has not
yet seen our reply of week before last.
Were the question demanded of us--"What is the
most exquisite of sublunary pleasures?" we should reply,
without hesitation, the making a fuss, or, in the classical
words of a western friend, the "kicking up a bobbery."
Never was a "bobbery more delightful than that
which we have just succeeded in "kicking up" all around
about Boston Common. We never saw the Frog-Pond-
ians so lively in our lives. They seem absolutely to be
upon the point of waking up. In about nine days the
puppies may get open their eyes.
That is to say they may get open their eyes to certain
facts which have long been obvious to all the world ex-
xept themselves--the facts that there ixist other cities
than Boston--other men od letters than Prefessor Long-
fellow--other vehicles of literary information than the
"Down-East Review."
As regards our late poem.--Hear the "St. Louis Re-