BARLOW Joel (1796])
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A Poem, in three Cantos. Written at Chamberry, in Savoy, January, 1793.8vo in half sheets. 15 pp. Disbound.[New Haven: Printed by T. and S. Green, for Tiebout and O'Brien?,
Sabin 3420. Barlow was part of the group of so-called "Hartford Wits", that included the likes of Lemuel Hopkins, David Humphrys, John Trumball, and Timothy Dwight. He spent considerable time abroad - while in France in the 1790 he became liberal in his religious outlook and a confirmed republican in political matters. This poem, with moral message of simplicity in all, was penned by a rather homesick sounding author: "In the following Poem, written by Mr. Barlow, a republican, virtue is recommended with republican freedom and boldness. The poetic beauties of sentiment here displayed are well worthy of the Author; and it must be pleasing to observe the warmth of affection which he appears to retain for his native country. If this has with justice been esteemed one of the Writer's best performances; and if it is calculated to answer the design expressed in the Preface ["A simplicity of diet ... is of more consequence than we are apt to imagine"], it ought to be owned and studied by every family in New-England." (Advertisement). Every American, Barlow felt, was worthy and able of rising above those "vicious habits" and "depraved appetites" that he was confronted with in Europe. This poem is now the work for which Barlow is best known.
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