Excerpt from Songs of American Destiny: A Vision of New Hellas For ten years, the maker of these Songs of American Destiny has experimented more or less incessantly with rhythm and rhyme. It has been his desire t merely to acquaint himself practically with the kwn technique of English verse, but if possible to increase its extant resources. The Blank Verse of Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth and Tennyson has wondrous possibilities - but for lyric work seemed unpromising. Every rhyme system on the other hand was necessarily to some extent mechanical - a preexisting form the molten poesy must fill. That rhythm may vary with mood, betray its ebb, anunce its flow, its sudden turn of tide - make calms felt and storms - he had cause to believe from theory; and Heine's North Sea poems, certain scenes of Faust, and pieces by Matthew Arld like The Future verified the theory. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.