Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Jones Very (VEH-ree) wrote a few critical essays, the best of which were originally collected, along with a selection of his poetry, in Essays and Poems. Such essays as “Epic Poetry,” “Hamlet,” and “Shakespeare” have been particularly rich resources for biographers and literary critics interested in understanding Very’s poetic goals and practices. Also, about 117 sermons survive in manuscript form, the results of his service as a supply minister for nearly four decades.