Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Thomas Bailey Aldrich Poems
- Andromeda The smooth-worn coin and threadbare classic phrase ...
- Memory My mind lets go a thousand things Like dates of wars...
- Identity SOMEWHERE--in desolate wind-swept space-- In ...
- A Touch Of Nature When first the crocus thrusts its point of ...
- A Mood A blight, a gloom, I know not what, has crept upon my ...
- At The Funeral Of A Minor Poet [One of the Bearers ...
- At Stratford-Upon-Avon Thus spake his dust (so seemed it as I...
an American poet, novelist, travel writer and editor.
Early life and education
Thomas Bailey Aldrich was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on November 11, 1836. When Aldrich was a child, his father moved to New Orleans. After 10 years, Aldrich was sent back to Portsmouth to prepare for college. This period of his life is partly described in his semi-autobiographical novel The Story of a Bad Boy (1870), in which "Tom Bailey" is the juvenile hero. Critics have said that this novel contains the first realistic depiction of childhood in American fiction and prepared the ground for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
His father's death in ... more »
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The smooth-worn coin and threadbare classic phrase
Of Grecian myths that did beguile my youth,
Beguile me not as in the olden days:
I think more grief and beauty dwell with truth.
Andromeda, in fetters by the sea,
Star-pale with anguish till young Perseus came,
Less moves me with her suffering than she,
The slim girl figure fettered to dark shame,
That nightly haunts the park, there, like a shade,
Trailing her wretchedness from street to street.
See where she passes -- neither wife nor maid;
How all mere fiction crumbles at her feet!
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