A careful study of the most popular English poems has convinced
us that they are, as a rule, provokingly unfinished. The poets
nearly always leave their heroes and heroines in positions which
are tantalizingly inconclusive. We want to know what happens next.
Take ‘Excelsior’ for example. After the ‘faithful hound’ of the
‘pious fathers’ has found the hero’s dead body stark and still,
what then? Well, we have tried to supply the necessary sequel,
taking up the tale where Longfellow left it.