Underwood, Walter S. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. IV, No. 7 (April 1907)
F. P. B.
Book review, pp. 219-220
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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