“He has rhetoric and declamation, and sometimes a kind of recitative chant, but of real music he shows himself deficient except in half a dozen lyrics. He is a singer by chance; his lyrics are seldom the inevitable expression of a mood.”
But there is no denying the fact that he has a remarkable power of passionate self-expression, which helps him to ease his heart of its aches when the imperious urge is within. Thus his lyrics come but as musical gusts of wind, impulsive, passionate, random, but spontaneous. It is the alimented energy of the soul 5 speaks.