F. V. N. Painter (essay date 1903)
SOURCE: “Paul Hamilton Hayne,” in Poets of the South: A Series of Biographical and Critical Studies with Typical Poems, Annotated, American Book Company, 1903, pp. 49‐64.
[In the following essay, Painter provides a brief overview of Hayne's writing.]
The poetry of Paul Hamilton Hayne is characterized by a singular delicacy of sentiment and expression. There is an utter absence of what is gross or commonplace. His poetry, as a whole, carries with it an atmosphere of high‐bred refinement. We recognize at once fineness of fiber and of culture. It could not well be otherwise; for the poet traced the line of his ancestors to the cultured nobility of England, and,...
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