November is a good time to ponder things. Memento mori.
The truth is that Frost was the first American who could be honestly reckoned as a master-poet by world standards. – Robert Graves
I guess here’s what you might get if no-one seems good enough.
The form of this Wordsworthian sonnet refers back to 16th and 17th century sonnets, much like the reference to Proteus recalls Milton’s description of the Old Man of the Sea, and Triton Spenser’s figure of the sea-god.
William Collins (1721–1759) was a gifted and learned poet, but had to content with unfavorable circumstances and work amid uncongenial surroundings. Melancholy was his companion, and by the time he died, he was classified as insane.