Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Thomas Bailey Aldrich Poems
- Memory My mind lets go a thousand things Like dates of wars...
- Identity SOMEWHERE--in desolate wind-swept space-- In ...
- A Mood A blight, a gloom, I know not what, has crept upon my ...
- A Touch Of Nature When first the crocus thrusts its point of ...
- Unguarded Gates WIDE open and unguarded stand our ...
- Before The Rain E knew it would rain, for all the morn A ...
- Andromeda The smooth-worn coin and threadbare classic phrase ...
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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My mind lets go a thousand things
Like dates of wars and deaths of kings,
And yet recalls the very hour--
'T was noon by yonder village tower,
And on the last blue noon in May--
The wind came briskly up this way,
Crisping the brook beside the road;
Then, pausing here, set down its load
Of pine-scents, and shook listlessly
Two petals from that wild-rose tree.