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date: 15 June 2024

Lindsay, Vachellocked

Lindsay, Vachellocked

  • Matthew J. Caballero

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Vachel Lindsay was one of the first American poets to give a reading at Oxford University in England. This recognition in 1920 characterizes many aspects of Lindsay's career: the appeal of his fiery reading style, the immense popularity he enjoyed during his lifetime, his proud, patriotic view of America, and, most importantly, the craft and resilient spirit of his verse. With influences from William Blake, Samuel Coleridge, and Edgar Allan Poe, among others, Lindsay's poetic career had a mission: to bring poetry back to the people. In his use of small-town settings, his determined efforts to visit and read to rural communities, and his fervent, confident use of the American vernacular, Lindsay's poetry examines the way the common American community functions and the importance of the societal bonds that it establishes.

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  • North American Literatures

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