Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Simms Review (Vol 15: No 2) >> Simms Defends Poe and Poe Replies >> Page 31

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Reviews/Essays | 1845-11-22
Transcription "The Broadway Journal is edited and owned solely by Mr. Ed-
gar A. Poe. If he had as much [...]et as talent, he would make suc-
cess for half a dozen papers."
So says an exchange paper. Poe, reliant upon his talent, has
too much contempt for tact; he is wrong, but his error makes his
career the more remarkable. He is full of eccentricity. Does he
mean, by the following, that his late Boston Poem, was intended by
him as a hoax?
"We have been quizzing the Bostonians, and one or two of the
more stupid of their editors and editresses have taken it in high dud-
geon. We will attend to them all in good time."
To our friend Field we this reply: We had tact
enough not to be "taken in and done for" by the Bostoni-
ans. Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes--(for timeo sub-
stitute contemno or turn-up-our-nose-o). We knew very
well that, among a certain clique of the Frogpondians,
there existed a predetermination to abuse us under any
circumstances. We knew that, write what we would,
they would swear it to be worthless. We knew that
were we to compose for them a "Paradise Lost," they
would pronounce it an indifferent poem. It would have
been very weak in us, then, to put ourselves to the trou-
ble of attempting to please these people. We preferred
pleasing ourselves. We read before them a "juvenile"
--a very "juvenile" pome--and thus the Frogpondians
were had--were delivered up to the enemy bound hand
and foot. Noever were a set of people more completely
demolished. They have blustered and flustered--but
what have they done or said that has not made them
more thoroughly ridiculous?--what, in the name of Mo-
mus, is it possible for them to do or say?
We "delivered" them in "juvenile poem" and they
received it with applause. This is accounted for by the
fact that the clique (contemptible in numbers as in every
thing else) were overruled by the rest of the assumbly.
These malignants did not dare to interrupt by their pre-
concerted hisses, the respectful and profound attention of
the majority. We have been told, indeed, that as many
as three or four of the personal friends of the little old
lady entitled Miss Walters, did actually leave the hall
during the recitation--but, upon the whole, this was the
very best thing they could do. We have been told this