What I think of Hiawatha
by James Wilson Morris
   Do you ask me what I think of
   This new song of Hiawatha,
   With its legends and traditions,
   And its frequent repetitions
5   Of hard names which make the jaw ache,
   And of words most unpoetic?
   I should answer, I should tell you
   I esteem it wild and wayward,
   Slipshod metre, scanty sense,
10   Honour paid to Mudjekeewis,
   But no honour to the muse.
Notes - [Add a note]