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CHAPTER XIV
AMERICAN LITERATURE

After leaving college Lowell struggled manfully to become a lawyer, but he could not help being a poet, and ten years after graduating he brought out in one twelvemonth three significant poems. The first was The Vision of Sir Launfal, with its loving outburst of sympathy with nature. He knew well how the clod, Groping blindly above it for light, Climbs to a soul in grass and flowers.
Sir Launfal too climbs to a soul, for the poem is the story of a life. The second poem was A Fable for Critics, whose pithy criticisms of authors have well endured the wear and tear of more than three-quarters of a century. The third was The Biglow Papers. Here was an entirely new vein. Here the Yankee dialectwhich is often only a survival of the English of Shakespeare's day-became a literary language. Lowell could easily have put his thoughts into the polished sentences of the scholar ; but the homely wording which he chose to employ gives them a certain everyday strength that a smoother phrasing would have weakened. When he writes,

Ez fer war, I call it murder ;
There you hev it plain an' flat ;
I don't want to go no furder
Than my Testyment fer that,

he strikes a blow that has something of the keenness of the sword and the weight of the cudgel.
These three poems indicate the three directions in which Lowell did his best work ; for he was poet, critic, and reformer-sometimes all three in one.

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