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To Miss — one of the Chichester Graces. To the reverend and learned Dr. Poems on several occasions: By Christopher Smart, A.


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Fellow of Pembroke-Hall, Cambridge. London: printed for the author, by W. Strahan; and sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, in St. A Song to David. By Christopher Smart [poem only]. London: Printed for the Author; and Sold by Mr. And by all the Booksellers in Town and Country, By several hands. London: printed for G. Pearch, A collection of poems in four volumes. Index of English Literary Manuscripts. III, London : Mansell , Rizzo, Betty and Robert Mahony, eds. The annotated letters of Christopher Smart. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, Walsh, Marcus and Karina Williamson, eds.

The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart. Oxford: Clarendon Press, Mounsey, Chris. Christopher Smart: Clown of God.

Sherbo, Arthur. Christopher Smart, Scholar of the University. Mahony, Robert and Betty W. Christopher Smart. An Annotated Bibliography, New York and London: Garland Pub. Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell , Radcliffe, David H. Christopher Smart Curry, Neil. Tavistock: Northcote House, Dearnley, Moira.

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The Poetry of Christopher Smart. Gedalof, Allan J. The Rise and Fall of Smart's David.

Philological Quarterly 60 : Greene, D. Smart, Berkeley, the Scientists and the Poets. Journal of the History of Ideas 14 : Guest, Harriet. Hawes, Clement, ed. Christopher Smart and the Enlightenment. New York: St. Martin's Press, There is no English Rimbaud.

Christopher Smart - Wikipedia

Keats gave only a few hints of what was soon to come when he wrote what is widely believed to have been his first poem, ''Imitation of Spenser,'' at the age of 18; the career and legend of the adolescent Thomas Chatterton, ''the marvelous boy,'' were more marvelous than his actual poetry. He is represented in ''First Lines'' by a satirical fragment that antedates his medieval forgeries.

As far as I know, only three of the poems that Mr. Stallworthy has selected are regular ''grown-up'' anthology pieces - the authors in question being Alexander Pope, William Blake and Edgar Allan Poe. Pope's ''Ode on Solitude'' ''Happy the man. Stallworthy tells us, that it was substantially revised before Pope published it. If it wasn't blurred by familiarity, I think that Poe's ''To Helen'' would stand out as the most remarkable poem in the book.

As it is, the lines somehow become more potent as soon as one is reminded of what it often forgotten, that Poe was only 15 or 16 when he wrote them. The first great source of poetry is other poetry, and many of the poems in the collection show clear signs of influence and imitation. Abraham Cowley echoes Shakespeare; Byron adapts a nursery rhyme. Hardy at 17 reveals his debt to Wordsworth in his earliest surviving poem a very accomplished one that is based on his grandmother's reminiscences , and at the same time adds something piquant of his own.

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Auden at 16 or 17, in a poem called ''The Traction Engine,'' is much less successful at assimilating the lesson of Hardy. Yet even where the influence is heaviest - in Seamus Heaney's admirable ''October Thought,'' for instance, which is saturated with Hopkins - there is the pleasure of watching something distinctive struggle through, something very different from the source the poet started out with.

The most fascinating aspect of these poems, in fact, is the way in which so many of them already carry what Mr. Stallworthy calls the ''voice print'' of the mature poet.


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For all its thump-thump rhythm, for example, the psalm that Milton versified when he was 15 has Milton written all over it. The pair of sonnets that the year-old George Herbert sent to his mother as a New Year's gift contain half his subsequent poetry in embryo. You would know who had written the lines Wordsworth composed ''in anticipation of leaving school'' if - as Coleridge said of some of his later work - you came across them by themselves in the Sahara.