William & Mary Magazine
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"If you're a poet compelled to write a poem for a particular occasion, your muse might well freeze up. Almost a century ago, for example, at Charter Day, 1897, Thomas W. Higginson hailed the College in a poem that included a pleasing tribute (couched in a clever metaphor) from Harvard to William & Mary as "Thou earliest College of our native land/ The first conceived, yet not the earliest born!" But Higginson's poem is flaccid, done in by the bombast characteristic of the genre..."
Meyers, Terry L., Comments on Amy Clampitt’s 'Matoaka' (1994). William & Mary Magazine, 61(5), 60-61.