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The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume I - Autobiography and Literary Essays, ed. John M. Robson and Jack Stillinger, introduction by Lord Robbins (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981).
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Milnes’s Poetry for the People
most of these poems have already appeared in periodicals; and although they bear marks of the same hand as the two volumes already published by Mr. Milnes,[*] there are indications of haste, and a want of finish in their composition, such as we are too apt to see in the contributions even of real poets to those fugitive pages. It is the besetting sin of the poets of our age that they write too much: even of Wordsworth, his most sincere admirers could spare nearly all which he has written in the last twenty years: and Ebenezer Elliott is wasting his great powers and noble feelings in careless, empty productions of no permanent value. It would be well for them to consider how few are the voluminous poets who have descended to posterity. Mr. Milnes has, we think, need of the same lesson; not that these poems are not good, but that he might so easily have made them better; or have written, in lieu of them, a much smaller number of far superior performances.
The “Specimens of Poetry for the People”[†] are, for the most part, excellent in sentiment and purpose; some of them are warnings to the poor, others are rather pleadings for the poor to the rich, and therefore hardly merit their title. But neither the warnings nor the pleadings are so impressive as they would have been, had Mr. Milnes taken half the pains with them which he must have employed upon some of his earlier productions. Some of the very short poems are far more perfect; such as the following, one of several entitled “Love-Thoughts.”
The following is of a higher character, as suggestive to the inward imagination as it is picturesque to the outward and visual one:
Our last quotation shall be a legendary tale:
MACAULAY’S LAYS OF ANCIENT ROME
[[*] ]Poems of Many Years, and Memorials of a Residence on the Continent, and Historical Poems (both London: Moxon, 1838); reviewed by Mill in “Milnes’s Poems,” above, pp. 503-16.
[[†] ]A section of Poetry for the People, pp. 37-59.
[[*] ]Poetry for the People, p. 162.
[[†] ]Poem V of “Shadows,” ibid., p. 173.
[[‡] ]Poem VI of “Shadows,” ibid., p. 174.
[[*] ]“The Brownie. A Legend,” ibid., pp. 75-6.