Early American Poets

Overview

Poetry from early America that reveals the spirit, scenes, and turbulence of the period.

America did not declare independence in its poetry as quickly or as dramatically as in politics. It took time for the new nation to free itself from the many and widely contrasting traditions, customs, codes, and cultures it had inherited, and expressed itself through scores of imitators before it found its own characteristic way of thinking, reacting, and ...

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Overview

Poetry from early America that reveals the spirit, scenes, and turbulence of the period.

America did not declare independence in its poetry as quickly or as dramatically as in politics. It took time for the new nation to free itself from the many and widely contrasting traditions, customs, codes, and cultures it had inherited, and expressed itself through scores of imitators before it found its own characteristic way of thinking, reacting, and writing.

Here is the poetry of early America, revealing the spirit, the scenes, and the turbulence of the period, and setting forth the works of more than 40 accomplished poets, many of whom are forgotten to all but the literary historian. This collection is devoted to the expanding spirit as well as the formative genius of America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595179237
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction v
Forefathers' Song 1
A New England Gentleman's Epitaph 3
Contemplations 4
"As Weary Pilgrim" 12
Upon The First Sight of New England 14
Vanity of Vanities 15
To Her, Coming Home 20
Bacon's Epitaph, Made by his Man 21
The Good Old Times 23
The Ebb and Flow 25
Upon What Base Was Fixed the Lath Wherein 26
Housewifery: I 26
Housewifery: II 27
Upon the Sweeping Flood 28
What Love Is This 28
Oh! What a Thing Is Man 29
This Dove & Olive Branch 31
Father Abbey's Will 32
The Battle of the Kegs 36
From "The House of Night" 40
The Indian Burying Ground 41
Song of Thyrsis 43
On Observing a Large Red-streak Apple 43
On the Death of Benjamin Franklin 45
Stanzas 46
To a Honey Bee 48
Hymn to Peace 50
The Pudding Praised 51
The Pudding Prepared 54
The Pudding Eaten 57
Freedom 58
Independence Day 60
To the Sun-Dial 62
Hail, Columbia 63
The Star-Spangled Banner 65
The Bucket 67
Whittling 69
The Pilgrim Fathers 70
Warren's Address at Bunker Hill 72
The Little Beach Bird 74
My Life is Like the Summer Rose 76
On the Death of Joseph Rodman Drake 77
Home, Sweet Home 79
To a Waterfowl 81
Thanatopsis 82
To the Fringed Gentian 85
The Yellow Violet 86
Song of Marion's Men 87
America 89
The Death of Lincoln 91
from "The Antiquity of Freedom" 92
The American Flag 94
Seneca Lake 97
Leila 99
Serenade 100
A Health 100
Woodman, Spare That Tree 103
Hymn 105
The Rhodora 106
Forbearance 106
The Snow-Storm 107
Fate 108
Good-bye 108
The Hero 109
Mithridates 110
Two Rivers 111
Wealth 112
Days 114
The Apology 114
Bacchus 115
Give All to Love 117
Experience 119
Ode 120
Uriel 124
Music 126
Fable 126
History 127
Brahma 128
Terminus 128
The Arsenal at Springfield 131
The Jewish Cemetery at Newport 133
Nature 135
The Building of the Ship 136
The Arrow and the Song 149
A Psalm of Life 150
The Rainy Day 151
Hymn to the Night 152
Milton 153
Chaucer 154
The Village Blacksmith 154
The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls 156
My Lost Youth 157
Snow-Flakes 160
The Skeleton in Armor 161
The Discoverer of the North Cape 167
Sandalphon 171
The Children's Hour 173
Hiawatha's Childhood 175
The Day Is Done 182
Laus Deo! 185
My Triumph 187
The Eternal Goodness 190
Ichabod 194
Barbara Frietchie 195
The Waiting 198
The Trailing Arbutus 199
Maud Muller 200
The Barefoot Boy 205
Skipper Ireson's Ride 209
from "Snow-Bound" 212
The Moral Warfare 220
Apollo 222
Song to Isa Singing 223
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
To Helen 225
A Dream within a Dream 225
Israfel 226
The Haunted Palace 228
The City in the Sea 230
Annabel Lee 232
To One in Paradise 234
Romance 235
To Science 235
The Raven 236
Ulalume 241
To F-- 244
To My Mother 245
For Annie 245
Dream-Land 249
The Sleeper 251
Sonnet: Silence 253
The Lake. To-- 254
The Valley of Unrest 255
Eldorado 256
Alone 257
The Chambered Nautilus 258
Old Ironsides 259
Dorothy Q. 260
The Last Leaf 263
The Deacon's Masterpiece 265
The Ballad of the Oysterman 269
My Aunt 270
The Height of the Ridiculous 272
Unsatisfied 273
Seven Negro Spirituals
My Lord, what a morning 275
O, by an' by 275
Steal away 276
They crucified my Lord 277
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child 278
Ezekiel saw the wheel 278
I got a robe 279
Enoch 281
The Spirit-Land 281
The Latter Rain 282
Nature 282
Day 283
The Wind-Flower 284
Morning 284
The Tree 285
October 285
The Robin 286
The New World 286
The Dead 287
The Blind Men and the Elephant 288
My Familiar 290
Early Rising 292
Independence 295
Smoke 296
Mist 296
Haze 297
All Things Are Current Found 297
Summer Rain 298
Men Say They Know Many Things 300
Love 300
Conscience 301
Hymn of the Earth 303
The Earth-Spirit 304
And Here the Hermit Sat 305
The Courtin' 306
To a Recruiting Sergeant 310
The Pious Editor's Creed 316
What Mr. Robinson Thinks 320
Prelude to "The Vision of Sir Launfal" 322
Whittier 325
Freedom 327
Father Mapple's Hymn 329
The Night-March 330
The Maldive Shark 330
Gold in The Mountain 331
The March Into Virginia 331
from "The Martyr" 332
L'Envoi 334
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