Henry Timrod

Henry Timrod

Charleston, South Carolina
Henry Timrod
Charleston, South Carolina
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Henry Timrod was an American poet, often called the poet laureate of the Confederacy.

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Timrod was born on December 8, 1828, in Charleston, South Carolina, to a family of German descent. His grandfather Heinrich Dimroth emigrated to the United States in 1765 and Anglicized his name. His father was an officer in the Seminole War ...
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Baby's Age
She came with April blooms and showers;
We count her little life by flowers.
As buds the rose upon her cheek,
We choose a flower for every week.
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An Exotic
Not in a climate near the sun
Did the cloud with its trailing fringes float,
Whence, white as the down of an angel's plume,
Fell the snow of her brow and throat.
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A Mother Gazes Upon Her Daughter
Is she not lovely! Oh! when, long ago,
My own dead mother gazed upon my face,
As I stood blushing near in bridal snow,
I had not half her beauty and her grace.
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A Dedication - To K.S.G.
Fair Saxon, in my lover's creed,
My love were smaller than your meed,
And you might justly deem it slight,
As wanting truth as well as sight,
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Oh! dost thou flatter falsely, Hope?
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Terry the Cork 13 April 2019
We read this poem in High School in Charleston in 1970, never really giving it any credence. It is the perfect poem for a military funeral of ANY kind. At my funeral, I want this poem read and Gordon Lightfoot's " Don Quixote" played to a silent congregation.
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Asmus 17 August 2018
Hi there, I find it hard to understand the poem starting with these lines: I stooped from star-bright regions where/ Thou canst not enter even in prayer... Can anybody give me a clue what is hidden in these lines? What did Henry Timrod stand for in his lifetime? I am grateful for a kind reply. Best wishes from Cologne/Germany Asmus
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MEhhhh 14 December 2017
Mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Fabrizio Frosini 14 October 2015
'' Timrod is, after Poe, the most important Southern poet of the nineteenth century. The quality of his best work, though small in bulk, exceeds that of Sidney Lanier and Hayne, and his contributions to war and nature poetry also exceed theirs. He is not a major poet, but he is a significant minor poet. '' [Rayburn S. Moore, University of Georgia]
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