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Culprit Fay and Other Poems

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A collection, The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, was published posthumously by his daughter in 1835. His best-known poems are the long title-poem of that collection and the patriotic "The American Flag" which was set as a cantata for two soloists, choir and orchestra by the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák in 1892-93, as his Op. 102. In the early part of the 19th Century both Drake and his friend Halleck were widely hailed by Americans as among the leading literary personalities and talents produced by this country. That they had been leading lights in the New York area was true, but the glimmer for both could not really hold. It was finally diminished by Edgar Allan Poe when he wrote a serious study of the two poets called The Halleck - Rodman Review. Looking at The Culprit Fay by Drake, Poe showed that the imagery many marveled at was quite second-rate and ordinary. In fact, he briefly invented new lines to show how easily it could be done. The reputations of both Drake and Halleck never recovered.

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THE CULPRIT FAY, AND OTHER POEMS

BY JOSEPH RODMAN DRAKE.

{Cro' Nest, from above West Point, on the Hudson River: p0.jpg}

New York: GEORGE DEARBORN, PUBLISHER. 1836.

[Entered according to the Act of Congress of the United States of America, October 31, 1835, by George Dearborn, in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.]

SCATCHERD AND ADAMS, PRINTERS, No. 38 Gold street.

TO HER FATHER'S FRIEND, FITZ GREENE HALLECK, THESE POEMS ARE RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED, BY THE AUTHOR'S DAUGHTER.

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The Culprit Fay To a Friend Leon Niagara Song Song Lines written in a Lady's Album Lines to a Lady Lines on leaving New Rochelle Hope Fragment To Lines To Eva To a Lady with a Violet Bronx Song To Sarah The American Flag

THE CULPRIT FAY.

"My visual orbs are purged from film, and lo! "Instead of Anster's turnip bearing vales "I see old fairy land's miraculous show! "Her trees of tinsel kissed by freakish gales, "Her Ouphs that, cloaked in leaf gold, skim the breeze, "And fairies, swarming "

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