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The Poetical Works of William Collins With a Memoir   By: (1721-1759)

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In "The Poetical Works of William Collins," readers are presented with a delightful collection of poems by a truly talented and underrated poet. The book's editor, William Collins, skillfully combines a selection of the poet's finest works with a detailed memoir, providing valuable insight into the life and mind of the artist.

Beginning with the beautifully written memoir, Collins paints a vivid portrait of William Collins, offering readers a glimpse into the poet's personal experiences, emotions, and inspirations. With a sensitive and respectful approach, the memoir breathes life into the poet's journey, shedding light on his triumphs and struggles. Collins' deep admiration for Collins is apparent throughout, reinforcing the significance and impact of the poet's works.

The poems themselves are a true treasure. William Collins' talent for crafting evocative imagery and lyrical language is evident in every line. From the enchanting "Ode to Evening" to the haunting "Ode on the Death of Mr. Thomson," Collins explores a range of themes and emotions, taking readers on an unforgettable journey through the depths of human experience. The poet's ability to capture the fleeting beauty of nature, the torment of unrequited love, and the transience of life is nothing short of remarkable.

One of the standout features of this collection is the editor's inclusion of footnotes, providing readers with helpful explanations and interpretations. These annotations not only enhance the reading experience but also illuminate some of the literary and historical references that might otherwise be unfamiliar to contemporary audiences. Collins' erudition and attention to detail are apparent, reflecting his thorough understanding and appreciation of his subject.

Despite the brilliance displayed throughout the collection, it is unfortunate that the poet's works have been, until now, somewhat overlooked. However, thanks to William Collins' meticulous curation and careful biographical account, readers have an opportunity to rediscover the genius of this often overshadowed poet. The book serves as a testament to William Collins as both an artist and a person, reminding us of the timeless relevance and lasting impact of his works.

"The Poetical Works of William Collins" is a must-read for poetry enthusiasts and those interested in uncovering literary gems of the past. Collins' passionate dedication to showcasing the poet's talent, combined with his own insightful memoir, creates a comprehensive volume that both educates and inspires. Whether familiar with William Collins or encountering his works for the first time, readers are sure to be captivated by the sheer brilliance and emotional depth of these poems.

First Page:

[Illustration: William Collins Ætatis

Quos primus equis Oriens afflavit anhelis Virg.]

THE POETICAL WORKS OF WILLIAM COLLINS.

WITH A MEMOIR.

[Illustration: Perennis et Fragrans. ]

BOSTON: LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY. 1865.

CONTENTS.

Page Memoir by Sir Harris Nicolas v An Essay on the Genius and Poems of Collins, by Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart. xliii

ORIENTAL ECLOGUES. Selim; or, The Shepherd's Moral 3 Hassan; or, The Camel Driver 7 Abra; Or, The Georgian Sultana 11 Agib And Secander; or, The Fugitives 15

ODES. To Pity 21 To Fear 24 To Simplicity 28 On the Poetical Character 31 Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746 34 To Mercy... Continue reading book >>




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