William Gilmore Simms

(1806 - 1870 / USA)

Comments about William Gilmore Simms

  • Martha (4/24/2018 5:11:00 PM)

    With the advent of the Civil War, SC Poet Laureate Simms was a prominent young poets in the Antebellum South. The thrust of his poetry was initially romantic. Despite all of the distractions & recriminations, i.e.-barbaric burning of his 10,000 vol. personal library by Union soldiers, Simms should be recognized as a very talented American Poet.

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  • Stella Mary (2/2/2012 4:48:00 AM)

    Wow.....I loved this guys poems..even though it was a little weird

  • Stella Mary (2/2/2012 4:45:00 AM)

    Wow! He is the guy......and great notations

The Decay Of A People

THIS the true sign of ruin to a race—
It undertakes no march, and day by day
Drowses in camp, or, with the laggard’s pace,
Walks sentry o’er possessions that decay;
Destined, with sensible waste, to fleet away;—
For the first secret of continued power
Is the continued conquest;—all our sway
Hath surety in the uses of the hour;
If that we waste, in vain walled town and lofty tower!

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