By P.B. High
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DICKINSON ' JEWETT characters are usually ordinary people, living in ordinary little New England towns. The way they speak and the details of their lives give us a strong feeling for New England as a place. Jewett describes her characters realistically, and deepens them with symbolism. In A White Heron ( 1 886) , for example, the heron 14 becomes a symbol offreedom and beauty. The young heroine imagines that a certain tree, which rises above the rest in the forest, is " a great main mast to the voyaging earth " .
A climb higher Few people today can enjoy this sort of sentimentalism3 • It is more funny, now, than inspiring4. " (Paul Revere's Ride, r 86 r ) His great ballads5 were Evangeline ( r 84 7 ) , The Song ojHiawatha ( r 8 5 5 ) and The Courtship ojMiles Standish ( r 858 ) . I n these, h e borrowed ( or invented) legends of Colonial times and made them into popular stories known to all Americans. His language is always simple and easy to understand. He could change his rhythms with ease to fit his subj ect exactly.
Holmes, J . G. Whittier, James Russell Lowell and the famous historians Prescott and Motley. In r 85 7, the club started its own magazine, the Atlantic Monthly. Through this magazine, Boston's literary establishmentS tried to influence the intellectual life and tastes of the new American republic. For the next twenty or thirty years, it was the leading intellectual magazine of the United States. OLIVER WE;\fDELL HOLMES ( r 809 r 8�)4J , who had inven ted the name "Brahmin" for this group, was among the f rst to write for the magazine.
An Outline of American Literature (PENG) by P.B. High