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|Article Title||An Essay on Poetry|
; qbtu; tfa subject of th6: fpllovftni romarlcs, is ono'Thfch .has. dngrossM; tHo attcntioia'f 5all agoscaniUia'3 befen-i , cultiyatcil more or less by1 alLlasse?,; lcarnodj or illStorato.,.-It is supposed by many to bo tbot natural offspring of-Trh'at.is' of-Trh'at.is' .called genius'or'a- gift which some Jposscss.ncommdn in 'their nature, na-ture, "abovo tfia'g.encral .order. o' 'infel-lig'enco 'infel-lig'enco Wbng'marikind. " " - Boetrj Jibweydr," takenm, "a -'mke tural(cnd6TymontUan,mu3ic .elc-nucncp, or oratory,; ' or any other' acquisition tvhich the. tastej. f ancy pr '$e'Siroraay havp led, thospi.Tvhp; havo acquired any oE thoyvabo,YQ' acco'mpUslime.nbt.aJ- H Many possess .the. natural, powers pE H musical intonation,-vho ncyer made H any advance' in. the science, of music., H Sout is vrith.poetry., . pioqucncp" may. B bo said to bo the music bE jotters and B words, by-which' we- are enabled, to speak B fluently. Oratory embraces timo, t'orco B and oypression,; tho vko ol words as B ell as geSure, in" thoroundirtg of; pri- B ods, and forming climaxes Thoso'aro" B tie Jaws .flE'"dedam'tonj:;aU"p'fVhlclr B requirophysipai organs aqp&Tcl' to the B enq to whicli tboy arc, applied:, Kle B poetry flowing, fromideality, embraces'. B all "that the. olratpr may uso by art, B which, are so combined together, that" it B would boifficult to ;drav a direct lino' m pf . separation between the one and tho pther.'VhoV ideas df the epf ..aftd, H orator being tho 6amo in tastefecling and character, although tne .poet may H have Jittle jrhcorical; csprjossion', and the orator? Jess .powers to measure mo- trical cpaapo8ltionjF yet tho ideas in, reci-; tation are "as rcquisit6';to, baunderstpod by Hm aathoyorotthojcompbser. .-B .-B pldetftimesi anthdsohoprdfesss od, 'poetry,-; 'tfcro . generally " musicians and declajmijrsjihcncij tho barp. lute) pr lyre aro in eurown day often nienliott cd in connectiontwith;poetry, as Jrisfrut' rnents moro guativb than real from Jao fact ofj.oir'r nctual use in early times, by5 tllose yup ti ollovredfthe rPci- tativo .or.musipali, as a .prof essionj In; fl.cLlikTii'oniy: ttxatio'ibkdeiip tlio more remoto agps of the nowaost civ- B BT7"HHjBBHflBSi ilized nations to find, that all p them hftd'tnirpotit3, yfiio Mmg tUeir lpves, joys, awl swrows over their marriages, ICPBqttosTs" Seaths or defeats, or, their games, festivals' ortournatnenfcj, whea ncr pthet Mstorie meafes cottld beem-rploypd beem-rploypd to .Ppmmeraorafe'ilteir natipnal aqhiovomcntsr Poetry then, must bp riewiCd as ha mpst primitive devclopor lapnt of literature (lf j. can be' called by" ;tht,aae) i jmjpJ as,.the,.jptier,ac-, quiromonts wbich. have; been, noticed j Tver tho- r.osulfc o,moro; refined ages, when tho powocof letters and words was' imderstpod. and practised "To. : como a iv mbrc accurate, conclusion wc would require to go as far back as the, 'days of llomer, and from his epio-poet-'l ry, learn the traditions and .legends oE Jns time in hlar inimitable descriptions, gathered from the scraps and sringardt less, intelligent authors, -who sang of; Wars, artd victories won, by the .suppos ed gods or. then mystical creation, bo-foroliim bo-foroliim l?rptn; this, it is clearly p-vLa?. p-vLa?. that poetry ' is- nqt ,tbe production pf education, Jufc the natural doyclopV ment of expression. . ,;It stoM to be d wise provisioa madd Kir tis by jho gods, in pur nature, nl-i though, dimntod, andalniost obit'eritcd in consequence of Our degonera'c', to speat in happy illustrative .languages Wo can only nave, a eorrcjet. idea, pftms truth,, by looking back tq the .first poo and declaimorspitrpcord-meaanu wa-menji wa-menji unlearned intbo rules ofgraminat-ical ofgraminat-ical construction, .who bayo composed, the finest" beautiful pieces-,, wliich 5tand.as models of tho best fcomposition, down through a series .Of mbro than fjj'utf thousand. years. v -;'"rh6 Indian' tribcf who inhabit these' yallcys of ,'tho , mpuhfajns, are o;'ftam specimen oE..,wbat all otlier savages or barbarous riations.bayeeonln all. ages of tho world,. bcfQro.tboy Hayp-a'tvincil to :'tv liiiowlcdgo of. -loiterii, . pr tho art of writing. lhoy have their war songs, their rejoicing Singled, with. tho iong.anddanco, tUeir songs; commeot-.. orativo of their" warrior chiefs, their victories, their Tiatibnj- and' thoir ancestry. ances-try. Indeed'thby havb rio other way or method' of retainifig' aliUtory,o thptr national glory ahd- achievOmentai' than by this siuipfp and natural" proccss' de-' rived from their natural ,d.evelpppincnt; and the crudO arrangement of' their Ideas.; I?o,etry may bff.eaid tp bo tTe first, transpbsal. of reflection, or' conveyance. convey-ance. 6E,upw.rittcn"Jhbubt from fatlicr' tps'on, .and from one generatio'n,pr.agc! to-another, known, by StUq vnamo"o"eV.lc gend and, tradition. veibul, jprose cotninuicatio.n could bo o' well rehearsed, rehears-ed, uor so Well.':remebered;"flrhrme) vcrsbr'di Wank1 lives longeron' the jnk-mory, jnk-mory, drid'i3v'morpcasilyva&ujred. Ifcncc, ;tlya sajage," barbarous, aiidsemif ciyiii'zod nStionS bavelfli bad4lieir, pOets tq commemora'tb'.in songwtiatlhoy dp sired, should, ho- cominittc'd.frpmj aihec to on, ps the,l)ye-pno;mcmory. of their, -past deedsy pilules. andt-legends, of anciqiit date 6re all oE;o;pooti;, cas,tpj and although "many fit them arc. not sot for tlti in rhymeY yet they aro all inL1 measured yerso " For example',' "Joseph and his brcthronihe. poems of Ossiauf and lngeneral airtho Gftltio tales, sav-" or of this description. "Give mo'isaid ono i Enjjliifcrfu'thof, k?thp songs oE ariy nation, whose languagOAwP;are'arjqualttt-'ed languagOAwP;are'arjqualttt-'ed with, and' it will bo Acasy to" .tell yptr their .history, morality .and' reG'riempnt, ''. thoir degradationanu the consequences' thercpE.".i - -if 'n i- Itlsa well np!wrfet,tbat poetry" wlipn pjopcriy directed inspires' in tbo breast; a lqvo.p country, whotlicl' native or adbptc'dj ii? stittulates'the slave with a. loyo of frqedpjrp, '.and -frcoinenwhh .heroic Yalpi; jlt.cipthcs. thp rusticity"o lifo Willi the robes ofinnoqncc, raake3 social conviviality burst it? 'sides 1 with laughter,., 'and imprints' ',avnevqr:-tp.-bo-f prgotton veneratiqnon .thb; minus; pf the religious. - In .truth, inotbing. in the. Bhapp oElitoraturqi'qvcr has loft", opr. will leave such; an .indelible impression on tho mtnds ;6f ny people; of thepast, present, or future, as that'of poetry! Thol only reason wo can advance1 in proof of this, is, that all mpifantl Women Wo-men are, "more" oVle, dovolopcdiiritb 'tb'samo pyBieal drg'anlzatio'ni ipg. similar f eeJirigsspnUm , passions, pas-sions, tastes, 'anU' desires;" bq that 'boe't-ry 'boe't-ry instead of being an extraordinary , 'i - - - i " . J andratd gift, is theceramoh'eridowmeiit of tho waolf, buman family sayafge i ba.rbarojs,, vf civiiized,, ?It is laid, ip tho constitution of .rniin "as the hasis of allithat is grqatj, grand, or .bgautif ul n Oratory, elouonco or composition, learning may refine if, but can nqver prptjuce it as an art. It "talcs' tlief: prcdodefaco- of all other forms of lan gua'go. . Nothing can illustrate this ! idea jHprayividIy.thail.tho history of , the Latter-day Sajnts. Gathered as they arp from, tho four quarters of tlio earth, I and that' too Avithoutthciadyantagps of aliberal education, they are, noycrtho-'less noycrtho-'less filled with tho spirit o poptry. 'lio songs oE J5ion have been sungiin every country.ntfdpr heayeh, the Ufa ot Jospph .and bis; martyrdom, thpeoming-j forth.of tlio priesthood,, "tha building of j an Holy Temple. ' Tho fecediis, the tri'N umphs oF tho I?istPre3idenoy, and. tho i establishment pf ihAuliitg in the Iloclcy JIbuiitalrisV alt- these, and ,a ebuntlcssl nUmbdt1 oE other-'songr? aro "as popular; i andi asiihspiriug as, .tho. 6Png3:pE.arty. people upon, tho, earth;- They lnay bo! rude when' compared with tho classical' refincmont of modern, nations, Still they will progress, ;and tho dav is riot fdr distant,, when thoy wilt equal, if riot surpass", any other nation. Wo can numbei' oi few eualto somo of thd second se-cond rate, and one jit particular whoso.: spirit has given, vent in songs of the dcepcstfVQneration, thepurest sympathy and. thq most hearcn-inspiring ,phi!oso-pTiical ,phi!oso-pTiical deVotiph. t " , ' " :, T'deoricliide1, We believe poetry .to bp. thelu'ndisguised lariguac oEltruth,' whot Jhprit.bt) expressed, iri thq highest tones oJ .ima'ginatipii ,,,eloquence,':pp in thq mpnitofip's of vthp" "New 'Alphabet,- pf'. whether it bo spoken by thoSpirit of tliovErd, like the songs' oE Deborah j MfyTliz pr Jeremiah, whcmci'-itbain,praise, )amqUtairofpn.eyTjc;p or deyotlonj;..rioth.ig; .ijr sojinip'c or primitjvq- ini its iiatur'p,-,sp Tiuautiful m its deseription,.upr, q sublime, in its research.- Music, jjloqiiericp, 4ndforr tpry miy influence-:tli'q passions' ;arid WQt the immovtaispirit'to 'thoCpiifincs of heaven bi)kppu.try,.ppen3, thq, everlasting ever-lasting gatcs &ud, leads the'soiil far np, thq golden streets' of the Nbvy Jerusalem.- . , IE all that is ' grand, beautiful,-arid glorious b'e .the prriamontaiof -celestial life,- must ii'et airthoso;beirigs who aro borrr, rind: who live" ftir its- njoym"cntSj e; devplppea yith ijthe powers1 tp-:apprf': ciato the; glprlbs ;o'f eternity ? 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