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stress on the probability and fitness of every incident which manner of Scott ably maintained throughout, but the very the fancy of the poet may lead him to embellish in the course structure of the language, the associations, and the train of of a narrative poem, a great proportion of which must neces- thinking, appear to be precisely the same. It was once alsarily be descriptive. The author of Harold the Dauntless leged by some writers, that it was impossible to imitate Mr. seems to have judged differently from these critics; and in Scott's style; but it is now fully proved to the world that there the lightsome rapid strain of poetry which he has chosen, we is no style more accessible to imitation; for it will be remarked, feel no disposition to quarrel with him on account of the easy (laying parodies aside, which any one may execute), th: Mr. and careless manner in which he has arranged his story. In Davidson and Miss Halford, as well as Lord Byron and Wordsmany instances he undoubtedly shows the hand of a master, worth, each in one instance, have all, without we believe inand has truly studied and seized the essential character of the tending it, imitated him with considerable closeness. Tho antique-his attitudes and draperies are unconfined, and va- author of the Poetic Mirror has given us one specimen of his ried with demi-tints, possessing much of the lustre, freshness, most polished and tender style, and another, still more close, and spirit of Rembrandt. The airs of his heads have grace, of his rapid and careless manner; but all of them fall greatly and his distances something of the lightness and keeping of short of The Bridal of Triermain, and the poem noro before us. Salvator Rosa. The want of harmony and union in the car. We are sure the author will laugh heartily in his sleeve at our nations of his females is a slight objection, and there is like silliness and want of perception, when we confess to him that wise a meagre sheeliness in his contrasts of chiaroscuro; but we never could open either of these works, and peruse his pages these are all redeemed by the felicity, execution, and master for two minutes with attention, and at the same time divest traits distinguishable in his grouping, as in a Murillo or Carra- our minds of the idea that we were engaged in an early or exVeggio.

perimental work of that great master. That they are geneBut the work has another quality, and though its leading rally inferior to the works of Mr. Scott in vigour and interest, one, we do not know whether to censure or approve it. It is admits not of dispute; still they have many of his wild and an avowed imitation, and therefore loses part of its value, if softer beauties; and if they fail to be read and admired, we viewed as an original production. On the other hand, regard- shall not on that account think the better of the taste of the ed solely as an imitation, it is one of the closest and most suc- age." Blackwood's Magazine, April, 1817. cessful, without being either a caricature or a parody, that perhaps ever appeared in any language. Not only is the general


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