This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... NOTES NOTES ON THE TRAVELER
The first draft of The Traveler was some lines which Goldsmith
wrote in 1755, when in Switzerland, and enclosed in a letter to his
brother Henry. We do not know which lines these were, but they were
probably the introductory ones about his home and his brother, and
possibly the ones describing Switzerland. Some years later, this
fragment, with some changes and additions, was shown to Dr.
Johnson, who commended it and urged Goldsmith to complete the poem.
Dr. Johnson suggested for it the title of The Philosophic Wanderer,
which Goldsmith had the good taste to reject, though he accepted
some of his friend's rather stately lines. You will find, on page
seventeen of the Introduction, an account of the writing and
publication of The Traveler. It came out in a quarto volume,
December 19, 1764, dated 1765, and was the first of Goldsmith's
works which bore his name on the title page. Like all his other
poems, it was written slowly and polished with scrupulous care. The
early editions of The Traveler, which he corrected, are full of
improvements, -- changed words, couplets, whole passages. The poem
is written in the 'heroic couplet, ' favored by Dryden, Pope,
Johnson, and other poets of the classical schools. By examining the
poem, you will see that each line consists of ten syllables, an
unaccented one being regularly followed by an accented one; the
lines rhyme in couplets. This meter is adapted to a formal, rather
precise style. Goldsmith, who marks the transition between
classicism and romanticism in English poetry, gave the classic
meter a natural beauty, a grace and charm which it had never had
before. According to the customs of the time, the poem has a
didactic theme, -- the opinion that political institutions...
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