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Vachel Lindsay (1879–1931)

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From Springfield, Illinois, Lindsay studied at Hiram College, the Chicago Art Institute, and the New York Art School, turning to poetry only after he had no success as an artist. The appeal of Vachel Lindsay's poetry is, first and foremost, one of sound. Many of his poems are meant to be chanted vis mere aloud, intoned, or sung. The poet was a phenomenon in his day, who became famous for the recitation of his poems. He preached a gospel of beauty expressed in almost primitive cadences. His early art studies under Robert Henri gave him the ability to illustrate his own poems, and he developed an elaborate theory of art that has gone largely ignored. Among his best-known works are "General William Booth Enters Heaven", published in Poetry Magazine in 1913, and "The Congo" (1914). (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Vachel Lindsay

The Congo and Other Poems (1930) 111 eksemplarer
The Little Turtle (2005) 92 eksemplarer
Collected Poems (1923) — Illustrator, nogle udgaver61 eksemplarer
Selected Poems of Vachel Lindsay (1967) 31 eksemplarer
Johnny Appleseed and Other Poems (1929) — Illustrator, nogle udgaver24 eksemplarer
The Golden Book of Springfield (1918) 11 eksemplarer
Adventures of Rhymes and Designs (1968) 5 eksemplarer
The Daniel jazz and other poems (2014) 4 eksemplarer
The Litany of Washington Street (2012) 4 eksemplarer
Every Soul Is a Circus (1929) — Illustrator, nogle udgaver3 eksemplarer
The Candle in the Cabin (1926) — Illustrator, nogle udgaver3 eksemplarer
Going-to-the-sun, (1923) 3 eksemplarer
The Mysterious Cat 1 eksemplar
The Magnanimous Sun 1 eksemplar
Little Turtles 1 eksemplar
The Daniel Jazz 1 eksemplar
Tramping Across America (1999) 1 eksemplar
Kongo 1 eksemplar
The Village Magazine (1925) 1 eksemplar
Euclid [poem] 1 eksemplar
The Congo 1 eksemplar

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One Hundred and One Famous Poems (1916) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver1,956 eksemplarer
The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (2001) — Bidragyder — 551 eksemplarer
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver446 eksemplarer
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Bidragyder — 393 eksemplarer
Poems Bewitched and Haunted (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) (2005) — Bidragyder — 192 eksemplarer
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Bidragyder — 163 eksemplarer
American Wits: An Anthology of Light Verse (2003) — Bidragyder — 135 eksemplarer
A Comprehensive Anthology of American Poetry (1929) — Bidragyder — 129 eksemplarer
Poems of Early Childhood (Childcraft) (1923) — Bidragyder — 121 eksemplarer
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Bidragyder — 116 eksemplarer
Twentieth-Century American Poetry (1777) — Bidragyder — 98 eksemplarer
Storytelling and Other Poems (1949) — Bidragyder — 91 eksemplarer
Film: A Montage of Theories (1966) — Bidragyder — 82 eksemplarer
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
When the Dark Comes Dancing: A Bedtime Poetry Book (1983) — Bidragyder — 50 eksemplarer
A Quarto of Modern Literature (1935) — Bidragyder — 40 eksemplarer
100 Story Poems (1951) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
William Jennings Bryan and the campaign of 1896 (1953) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Spring World, Awake: Stories, Poems, and Essays (1970) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
The Bitch-Goddess Success: Variations on an American Theme (1968) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
American poets, an anthology of contemporary verse — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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This poet uses words to beat you around the head with a stick. His ideas are the ideological Christian-pacifist of the early 1900s. Women and the "savage peoples" are the idyll of nature. I felt most of the poems about "savage peoples" were patronizing.
MrsLee | Jan 16, 2024 |
There is much to be said for dismissing this poem as too racist to read. However, if you can get through that, it has one redeeming feature which is the use of African American and jazz rhythms and tunes as an underlying score for the poem. There is a recording of Lindsay reading it, so we know exactly how he intended to it to be read.
aulsmith | Oct 16, 2015 |
What a difference a century makes. The title poem, The Congo, was probably considered daring and innovative in 1913. As the poem deals with the effect of a primitive inheritance on the African-American soul and contains lines like "Mumbo jumbo will hoodoo you", my guess is that today Lindsay would be villified and boycotted. There's some nice stuff in this collection. He wrote well for children. I hadn't realized that "The moon's the north wind's cookie" was once of his and his whole 22-poem sequence on the moon is very nice. The last section of the book is patriotic and dreadful. World War I began in August of 1914 and Lindsay wrote 4 or 5 poems expressing his outrage over German-Austrian aggression. He must have written them quickly to make his publishing date and it shows. His heart's in the right place, but the poetry's not very good.… (mere)
Bjace | 3 andre anmeldelser | Dec 15, 2014 |
I frankly find the title poem pretty awful --both racist and silly. However, I dearly love General Booth Enters Heaven and Bryan. The Booth poem reminds me of Booth's saying he would play the tambourine with his toes if it brought one more soul to haven, and Lord Manfield's statement that the Salvation Army was the one truly Christian group in Britain. "Bryan" may not be fair to McKinlay, who was much more than Hanna's other suit of clothes, but it wonderfully conveys the excitement of the Bryan campaign.… (mere)
antiquary | 3 andre anmeldelser | Apr 27, 2010 |


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