Email this page Charles Lamb achieved lasting fame as a writer during the yearswhen he captivated the discerning English reading public with his personal essays in the London Magazine, collected as Essays of Elia and The Last Essays of Elia Known for their charm, humor, and perception, and laced with idiosyncrasies, these essays appear to be modest in scope, but their soundings are deep, and their ripples extend to embrace much of human life—particularly the life of the imagination.
As a young man, he considered himself an aspiring poet. In his early verse, there is little of the humor, irony, or modesty that typify his later writing. Lamb is not only serious but also self-consciously so, dealing with weighty topics in an elevated style.
His early poems are heavy with melancholy and despair, even before Mary killed their mother. The poems are also personal and confessional and suggest an adolescent indulgence in emotion.
I have destroyed every vestige of past vanities of that kind. In a few months, he was sending Coleridge new verses, but the subject matter was altered. Lamb turned to poetry for solace and consolation, composing religious verse. His interest in poetry had revived, but the sensational occurrences that influenced the rest of his life encouraged him to become one of the least sensational of poets.
In the years tohe wrote several poems, but for the most part, these middle years of his literary career were spent as a journalist. AroundLamb again began to write poetry, but of a completely different sort. The last period of his poetic production had been spent writing album verse and other occasional poems.
As he matured, Lamb outgrew his earlier confessional mode and turned to people and events around him for subjects.
He used his imagination to a greater degree, coloring reality, creating fictions, and distancing himself from his subject. His poetry changed with him, and it came to reflect a fictitious personality similar to the Elia of the essays. In place of self-indulgent confessions is a distance and control not found in the early verse.
Lamb wrote and published most of his serious verse—that which is most often anthologized—in the period between and His best and worst poems are among these efforts, which are autobiographical and despondent.
They mourn the loss of love, of bygone days, and of happier times. They vary greatly in form, as Lamb experimented with different meters and structures. He was most successful in tight and traditional verse forms and least successful in blank verse.
In fact, his blank verse is bad, a surprising situation since his strength in more structured forms is in the control and variation of meter and rhythm. This first significant publication by Lamb shows the influence of the Elizabethans on his poetry. His syntax, imagery, and diction suggest the practice of two centuries earlier.
His use of rhetorical questions in this sonnet is skillful, too. Unlike the stilted tone that such questions often provide, in this sonnet the questions actually help to create a sense of sincerity.
The poem is nicely unified by the images of wind and wave, and it reflects the Romantic idea of the unity of human beings and cosmos. It also presents another Romantic concept, the value of the imagination and the powerful influence of memory. This poem is a reminder that much of Wordsworthian theory was not unique to Wordsworth.
The ideas that the poem considers may be Romantic, but the style is that of an earlier day. The diction is antique, the imagery tightly unified, and the sonnet form itself conventionally developed.
The additional ones are, on the whole, inferior to the initial four; seven are sonnets written about the same time as those that Coleridge had already published. Thou to me didst ever shewKindest affection; and would oft times lendAn ear to the desponding love-sick lay,Weeping with sorrows with me, who repayBut ill the mighty debt of love I owe,Mary, to thee, my sister and my friend.
The other poem of note in this volume was published in a supplement at the end of the edition. The entire section is 2, words.Thoughtless Cruelty By Charles Lamb. There, Robert, you have kill'd that fly —, And should you thousand ages try The life you've taken to supply, You could not do it.
You surely must have been devoid Of thought and sense, to have destroy'd A thing which no way you annoy'd —. Formalist Essay AP4 Michalski Page history last edited by Jennings 5 years, 5 months ago.
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Charles Lamb achieved lasting fame as a writer during the years , when he captivated the discerning English reading public with his personal essays in the London Magazine, collected as Essays of Elia () and The Last Essays of Elia ().