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Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

(1791-1865 / the United States)

Biography of Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

Lydia Huntley Sigourney (September 1, 1791 – June 10, 1865), née Lydia Howard Huntley, was a popular American poet during the early and mid 19th century. She was commonly known as the "Sweet Singer of Hartford". Most of her works were published with just her married name Mrs. Sigourney.

This passage outlines her main themes including old age, death, responsibility, religion - a strong belief in God and the Christian faith - and work (Victorian Web). She often wrote elegies or poems for recently deceased neighbors, friends, and acquaintances. Her work is one example of Victorian-era death literature which views death as an escape to a better place, especially for children. A contemporary critic called her work, infused with morals, "more like the dew than the lightning".She enjoyed substantial popularity in her lifetime and earned several nicknames, including "the American Hemans", the "Sweet Singer of Hartford", and the "female Milton". Her influences included the work of Hannah More, William Wordsworth, and William Cowper

Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney's Works:

* Moral Pieces in Prose and Verse (1815)
* Traits of the Aborigines of America (1822), a poem
* A Sketch of Connecticut Forty Years Since (1824)
* Poems (1827)
* Letters to Young Ladies (1833), one of her best-known books
* Sketches (1834)
* Poetry for Children (1834)
* Zinzendorff, and Other Poems (1835)
* Olive Buds (1836)
* Letters to Mothers (1838), republished in London
* Pocahontas, and Other Poems (1841)
* Pleasant Memories of Pleasant Lands (1842), descriptive of her trip to Europe in 1840
* Scenes in My Native Land (1844)
* Letters to My Pupils (1851)
* Olive Leaves (1851)
* The Faded Hope (1852) in memory of her only son, who died when he was nineteen years old
* Past Meridian (1854)
* The Daily Counsellor (1858), poems
* Gleanings (1860), selections from her verse
* The Man of Uz, and Other Poems (1862)
* Letters of Life (1866), giving an account of her career

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Autumn

Tree! why hast thou doffed thy mantle of green
For the gorgeous grab of an Indian queen?
With the timbered brown, and the crimson stain,
And the yellow fringe on its broidered train?
And the autumn gale through its branches sighed
Of a long arrear, for the transient pride.

Stream! why is thy rushing step delayed?
Thy tuneful talk to the pebbles staid?

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