Western Woods and Waters: Poems and Illustrative Notes

Western Woods and Waters: Poems and Illustrative Notes - John Hoskyns Abrahall [These notes were made in 1983:]. An 1864 publication of two poems - one in 15 cantos - about North America. One, the shorter, is a reasonably crafted tale by an Indian about a war-dream and his acting it out. The other, which is, I regret to say, in Hiawatha-metre, is an openly autobiographical verse account of a trip on the Great Lakes. It is sporadically interesting in accounts of places like Niagara Falls, but its apparatus - more than half the book is notes - is irritating, to say the least. That's not so much because the notes exist, but because they are indicated so intensely - often the same footnote number appears 4 or 5 times in the same passage. But the general competence is a bit higher than Abel's, methinks.