[PDF Notes] The chief features of Daniel’s longest poetic work ‘The Civil Wars’

The chief features of Daniel’s The Civil War’ are:

(a) The patriotic note that runs through it and relieves much of its tedium.

(b) Its fidelity to fact. Daniel keeps as near to facts as possible. As a matter of fact, Daniel poetizes too little and this makes his most ambitious work tedious and monotonous.

(c) His reflections on life and manners running through the poem are full of good sense and wisdom. They are the best of this long work.

(d) The work locks fire, passion and imagination. However, it has been admired for the purity and simplicity of its language. This is surprising in this age of excessive ornamentation

(e) There is no lively portrayal of character.

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