Excerpt from The Prose of Edward Rowland Sill
The poetry of Edward Rowland Sill has been collected under three separate titles, Poems, The Hermitage and Later Poems, and Hermione and Other Poems. Although he wrote poetry with ease, and chose the form often for the expression of a mood, a passing fancy, a sudden thought, there was in his nature such a demand for expression that it was impossible for him not to use, and with the greatest abundance, the more facile form of prose. His prose ranged from the direct speech of letters to the careful structure of an elaborate essay; but whether he was writing informally or formally, there was little attempt to suppress that eager personality which made him one of the most animated of men of letters. Not that he betrayed the least bit of egotism; the charming quality of his nature was his friendliness, which led him to give unceasingly to others and to take the keenest delight in comrades.
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