Thursday, March 26, 2015
From Holden’s Dollar Magazine, 1849. —We do not know the real identity of this lesser poet who takes on his betters with sometimes deserved criticism, but the poem by William [Ross] Wallace that follows is similar in some ways, including the use of the decidedly unusual word “darkles” as a rhyme. It is interesting to see how Whittier’s abolitionist views struck his less enlightened contemporaries. The silhouettes are by Felix Darley, later to be known as one of America’s greatest illustrators.
Although the legend “End of Part I” appears after the poem, we have not yet found a second part.