John Greenleaf Whittier

Explore Poets GO!

John Greenleaf Whittier Popularity

John Greenleaf Whittier Biography

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 Sn ...

John Greenleaf Whittier Poems

1.
In School-Days

Still sits the school-house by the road,
A ragged beggar sleeping;
Around it still the sumachs grow,
And blackberry-vines are creeping.
...

2.
Barbara Frietchie

Up from the meadows rich with corn,
Clear in the cool September morn,

The clustered spires of Frederick stand
...

3.
Forgiveness

My heart was heavy, for its trust had been
Abused, its kindness answered with foul wrong;
So, turning gloomily from my fellow-men,
One summer Sabbath day I strolled among
...

4.
Maud Muller

Maud Muller on a summer's day
Raked the meadow sweet with hay.

Beneath her torn hat glowed the wealth
...

5.
The Barefoot Boy

Blessings on thee, little man,
Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!
With thy turned-up pantaloons,
And thy merry whistled tunes;
...

John Greenleaf Whittier Comments

L.b. Strawn 23 April 2012

I am not sure my PREVIOUS comment came through to you because I have had so much trouble with your verification codes. Several times I know the numbers were right but I was constantly informed that THE CODE THAT I GAVE WAS WRONG.

35 46 Reply
L.b. Strawn 23 April 2012

J.G. Whittier I have a book of Longfellow poems, last copyrighted 1893 and published 1894, in which it has the name to whom it was given and the date Christmas '95. It was initialed by the giver as D.W. W. Then there is a very good, two verse poem, hand written, that is signed John G, Whittier, Since Whittier died in 1892, it evidently could not have been him who placed it in the book. Could it have been D.W.W. who placed it there and signed it with John's name just to show the he was the author? Do you ever consider the works of present day authors? Would you consider going to my web site and giving me your evaluation of the poems? The 2nd and 3rd are comical. After those are the better ones. Web address: http: //sbcglobalpwp.att.net/p/e/petezman/ email address: poetman99

40 40 Reply
WEC 28 December 2020

JGW is one of my favorite poets because of his love of nature, his love of family, his love of justice, and his love of God.

0 0 Reply

Sirs/Madam, I have a question: Would you please help me by telling me the date Don't Quit was written/published (was it written by John Greenleaf Whittier or Edgar Guest?) and the name of the publisher? If there is a cost for this info., please email me and let me know the cost. Thanks.

5 4 Reply
Kumarmani Mahakul 31 October 2020

John Greenleaf Whittier who is ranked #127 on top 500 poets, has expressed strong perception about April and Spring season. Just I have read and reviewed his poem, which is chosen as the poem of the day. His wonderful poems really motivate the readers. The poet has done high perseverance.

0 0 Reply
Catherine Patterson 25 April 2019

I used the last line, " Eternal Love Remains" from " Immortal Love, Forever Full" as the epitaph on my husband's gravestone in 2006.

2 0 Reply
Linda 25 February 2019

This poem is NOT by John Greenleaf Whittier. It may have been quoted by him, but it is much older. It goes back to Persia in the 12th century. Reference " Best Loved Poems of the American People

1 4 Reply
Hayden Holmes 16 January 2019

I really hate poems

4 10 Reply
Robert Prindle 24 June 2018

I have a poem by JGW written to an ancestor. She was Mary Esther Carter (my mother's maiden name) and lived next to him in Amesbury or Newburysport. All my Carters were from those two towns. Caroline was 32 at the time. The poem's titled Valentine. It ends with his signature and 42. Dated 1849. Not sure if this is just handed down through generations or it's publicized. RPrindle@verizon.net

3 3 Reply