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Coleridge will be quoted when that author is reached; the parody of Longfellow, which appeared in Punch as far back as 1856, commenced thus:
The SONG OF HIAWATHA.
(Author's Protective Edition.)
Mechisteel and Warrenblacking ;
Doubledupperambulator.' Another scarce parody on the same original was entitled Milk-ard-Watha, and an amusing skit was also contained in Gilbert's libretto to Princess Toto.
There is also a parody in Edmund Yates's Our Miscellany (G. Routledge and Co., 1857), and Revenge, a Rhythmic Recollection," appeared in Tom Hood's Comic Annual, 1877.
SHORTFELLOW SUMS UP LONGFELLOW. Miles STANDISH, old Puritan soldier, courts gal Priscilla
by proxy ; Gal likes the proxy the best, so Miles, in a rage, takes and
hooks it. Folks think he's killed, but he ain't, and comes back, as a
friend, to the wedding, If you call this ink-Standish stuff poetry, Punch will soon
reel you off Miles.
Should you ask me, What's its nature ?
I should answer, I should tell you
The Wagner Festival. (By an admirer of Longfellow's “ Evangeline," who sorrow
fully sat through the six concerts.) This is the music primeval. The festival singers from
Bayreuth, Solemn and stern, with their shirt fronts studded, and
swallow-tailed garments, Stand like Druids of old, with voices sad and prophetic, Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their
bosoms, Loud from its ligneous caverns, the deep-voiced neighbour.
ing organ Moans, and in accents disconsolate answers the orchestra
wailing. This is the music primeval, and when it is ended, Herr
Wagner Is called to the front, and is crowned with a wreath by the
Madame Materna ; Then there is hugging and kissing and weeping with Wagner
Wilhelmj, And Richter, to whom is presented a bâton-brand new,
silver-mounted ; But where are the beautiful maidens who solemnly sat in the
boxes ? Where are the men--tawny swells-who talked of clubs,
races, or billiards, Silenced from time unto time by thunders and earthquakes
orchestral ? Empty are boxes and stalls, the occupants all have departed. And the critic goes-glad to survive the music primeval of Wagner.
Funny Folks. Another parody of Evangeline, entitled Picnicaline occurs in “ Mirth and Metre," 1855.
The following is a list of the names of some famous advertisers of thirty years ago, taken from Hinwater, a parody contained in “The Shilling Book of Beauty," by Cuthbert Bede (J. Blackwood, 1853) :
“Howlawaya, the quack doctor ;
PARTS I, II, III, & IV,
CONTAINING PARODIES OF
MAY STILL BE HAD, AND A SUPPLEMENTARY CHAPTER
ON TENNYSON WILL BE ISSUED LATER ON.
PART IV, ALSO CONTAINED SEVERAL PARODIES OF THE POEMS OF HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW.
WILL CONTAIN THE CONCLUSION OF LONGFELLOW'S PARODIES,
AND ALSO PARODIES OF WOLFE'S ODE
On the Burial of Sir John Moore.
" Not a druni was heard, not a funeral note.”
DHE POETS LAUREATE OF ENGLAND:
BEING A History of the Office of Poet Laureate, Biographical Notices of its Holders, renul
a Collection of the Satires, Epigrams, and Lampoons directed against them.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
• The author of this amusing volume has spared no pains to make it as complete as possible, and it is a good instance of the progress that we have made of late years in the production of literary history. Mr. Hamilton's pages will not only be found useful for purj ozes of reference, but extremely entertaining to an idle reader.".-" The Athenaeum," January 18, 1879.
Recommendation can scarcely be necessary to secure proper attention for · The Poets Laureate of England,' by Walter Hamilton, inasmuch as the very title is pretty sure to attract notice and pique curiosity. It may be worth while, however, to remark at once that, what with the care, diligence, and judgment which have apparently been brought to bear upon the whole composition of the book the public have a chance of obtaining a volume so interesting so trustworthy, so instructive, and so manageable, that they have no small Teason to thank the author for his trouble. In his preface and introduction he displays no little learning and research, and brings before his readers information touching matters in which they should be glad to be instructed."-"Illustrated London News," Feb. 15. 1879.
Mr. Walter Hamilton's little volume is charmingly written and ably arranged, and is the result of research and ingenuity. In his preface he traces the rise of the office of Laureate from an early age in classical antiquity, and proceeds to introduce us to the pistory of our own Laureates. Mr. Hamilton's criticisms are usually just and give evidence of thought and culture. On the whole his book is quite successful, and one which can be heartily recommended, not only for general reading, but for preservation for reference in the library."
"'The Morning Post," February 1, 1879.
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Notices of the Press.
MR. E. L. BLANCHARD says : -“There are many playgoers who are somewhat puzzled to understand the full significance of the satire conveyed in the adapted comedy of “The Colonel " at the Prince of Wales's, and Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's original comic opera of “ Patience," still prolonging its singularly successful career at the Savoy Theatre, To these, and many others, may be safely commended a curiously interesting book, just published, called “ The Esthetic Movement in England." The author, Mr. Walter Hamilton, has treated a very important subject with much care and considerable research. His chapters on the painters and poets of the Æsthetic school are excellently written and replete with information not readily accessible, while his sketch of the career of Mr. Oscar Wilde will solve many questions to which few, even in well-informed circles, could readily reply. -." Birmingham Daily Gazette."
MR. W. M. ROSSETTI says :--" There are, I think, many true and pointed observations in your book, and I necessarily sympathise in the general point of view which it adopts on the questions at issue.'
MR. G. A, Sala writes : _"Many thanks for your book on “The Esthetic Movement in England.' It will be historically curious and valuable long after the silly opposition to the movement has passed away."
“ The West Middlesex Advertiser" thus described the scope of the work :“ The origin of the Esthetic Movement in England is here ascribed to the small circle of artists and poets who styled thenu. selves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as far back as 1848. These were seven young Oxford students, namely, Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Woolner, William Michael Rossetti, G. F. Stevens, and James Collinson, and they started a small magazine, entitled “The Germ," to advocate their peculiar views in art and poetry. After describing the attacks this circle was subjected to, and Mr. Ruskin's able defence of it, comes an outline of Ruskin's influence on art, and Sir Coutts Lindsay's formation of the Grosvenor Gallery, in which nearly all the most celebrated pictures of the Esthetic School have been exhibited, including the works of E. Burne-Jones, who is by some held to be the head of the School in painting, and the peculiar paintings by J, A. M. Whistler. In connection with the latter artist, an account is given of the remarkable action for libel he brought against Mr. Ruskin.
" The chapter devoted to 'Esthetic Culture'is one that will probably excite the greatest interest and curiosity; in it the influence of the new School on art, music, architecture, furniture and dress is distinctly pointed out; and the undoubted good it has achieved prove that the ridicule which has hitherto been directed against the Æsthetes was both unjust and unreasonable,
“ The poetry of the Esthetic School is next described, and naturally leads up to an account of Robert Buchanan's attacks upon Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Fleshly School, with the law-suit that arose out of the curious anonymous poem, " Jonas Fisher." These chapters are full of literary details, which will interest admirers of Swinburne, Morris, Rossetti, and Buchanan, whilst the article on Oscar Wilde contains facts aud anecdotes concerning that talented young poet, which will certainly be new to the general public, and extracts from his poems of a stamp likely to astonish some of those who now think it good forin' to sneer at the Esthetic bard.
“ The author has throughout treated his topic in a reverent spirit; indeed, he deprecates the frivolitr of those who without understanding its aims or meaning, choose to ridicule Estheticism, and if he is not himself an Esthete, he is at any rate an appreciative Philistine."
ALTHOUGH Parodies abound in English Literature no attempt has yet been maile to publish a complete collection of these amusing Jews d'esprit, many of which have been composed by our greatest humourists.
It is now proposed to publish, in monthly parts, a collection of Parodies, both in verse and in prose, drawn from every available source, and illustrative of all the most celebrated writings in the English Language, together with such notes, explanatory, biographical, or bibliographical, as may be required to elucidate the text.
Each of the principal authors will be taken separately, and the series will commence with Parodies of the works of Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate, to be followed by Shakespeare, Swinburne, Wordsworth, Byron, Scott, Moore, Longfellow, Poe, Goldsmith, Gray, Lord Macaulay, Dickens, Carlyle, Ruskin, and a number of other favorite authors.
: Full details will be given of the origin, and contents, of all the most famous collections of English Parodies, such as Charles Cotton's Travesties ; John Phillips's Splendid Shilling ; The Probationary Odes ; Ireland's Shakespearian Forgeries ; Hone's account of his Three Trials ; The Rejected Addresses, 1812 ; The Rejected Odes, 1813 ; Posthumous Parodies, 1814; Accepted Addresses ; The Bon Gaultier Ballads ; College Rhymes, and other Parodies written by members of the Oxford and Cambridge Universities, &c., &c.
The Editor offers no apology for Parody in itself, suffice it to say it exists, that the public appear pleased with it, and that no man with literary tastes can entirely ignore it.
As will be seen from many examples here printed the object of a Parody is very seldom to ridicule its original, more often on the contrary it does it honor, if only by taking it as worthy of imitation or burlesque.
Every endeavour will be made to render the collection complete, and free from political or other bias.
The Editor tenders his best thanks to those gentlemen who have kindly permitted extracts to be taken from their works, and will be grateful for information as to any Parodies which may have escaped his notice.
The series will be published in Monthly Parts, price Sixpence, or the first Six Parts will be sent, post free, to Subscribers, for Two Shillings and Sixpence.
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