John Greenleaf Whittier (17 December 1807 – 7 September 1892 / Haverhill, Massachusetts)
John Greenleaf Whittier was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. Whittier was strongly influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Highly regarded in his lifetime and for a period thereafter, he is now remembered for his poem Snow-Bound, and the words of the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, from his poem The Brewing of Soma, sung to music by Hubert Parry.
Early Life and Work
John Greenleaf Whittier was born to John and Abigail (Hussey) at their rural homestead near Haverhill, Massachusetts, on December 17, ... more »
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- A Christmas Carmen
- A Day
- A Dream Of Summer
- A Greeting
- A Lament
- A Lay Of Old Time
- A Legacy
- A Letter
- A Memorial
- A Memory
- A Mystery
- A Name
- A Sabbath Scene
- A Sea Dream
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''How dwarfed against his manlinessJohn Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), U.S. poet. "Among the Hills."
She sees the poor pretension,
The wants, the aims, the follies, born
Of fashion and convention!''
''Give fools their gold, and knaves their power;John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), U.S. poet. A Song of Harvest.
Let fortune's bubbles rise and fall;
Who sows a field, or trains a flower,
Or plants a tree, is more than all.''
Through this broad street, restless ever,John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), U.S. poet. At Washington, st. 2.
Ebbs and flows a human tide,
Wave on wave a living river;
Wealth and fashion side by side;
Toiler, idler, slave and master, in the...
She leaned far out on the window-sill,
And shook it forth with a royal will.
"Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country's flag," she said.
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), U.S. poet. Barbara Frietchie (l. 33-38). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1...