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Underwood, Walter S. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. IV, No. 7 (April 1907)

F. P. B.
Book review,   pp. 219-220


Page 219

BOOK REVIEW
                    BOOK REVIEW.
   Sonnets and Poems, by William Ellery Leonard.
   This little book, written by an author as yet hardly known,
even to the reading public, has shown to those who have been
fortunate enough to peruse it, a new person, an American lyric
poet. Short verses and odes on many diverse subjects and
to many kinds of people, each bear a distinctive and appro-
priate touch; they are marked by a delicacy of feeling and
expression, which, while it may be art, seems spontaneous
and natural. Although many of the subjects of which Mr.
Leonard treats are essentially sad and melancholy, a strong
motive of optimism pervades the entire collection.  His con-
fidence in the ultimate outcome is sure and constant. This
is shown as well perhaps, in the "Resolve" as in any of the
others, where he concludes:
     "And I have that within me which shall build
     Even from the fragments of dead hopes a house
     Where I may dwell as I grow more a God."
  A vein of cynicism is noticeable, however, in one or two
passages, especially in the prelude to the "Jester,"-
           (" 'Tis little here nor there to you
               Or me what now I say,
             But just another rhyme or two
               To pass the time of day.
             You like my rhymes, you say you do,
               They are so very gay.")
  All of Mr. Leonard's verse betrays the wide reading and
study of the author. His language is full of quaint conceits
and classic visions, and the tone is more that of a scholar and
student than that of a man of action.  His descriptions are


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