Lindsay, Vachel. (1879 - 1931).
L i f e
- born in Springfield (Springfield’s 2nd most famous only to A. Lincoln)
- studied art in Chicago and NY > attempted to create a new amalgam of poetry and music
- spent years on the tours to preach ‘the gospel of beauty’: read his verse, lectured to promote various art projects, half-spoke, half-sang, and drew large audiences
W o r k
< influenced by W. Whitman: not Whitman the innovator x but: Whitman the all-embracing democratic poet of as much popular as populistic poetry
- formed his style in religious gatherings, rustic entertainment, and folk song performances
- did not disguise his populism, and celebrated the provincial virtues
- remained rather naive, did not fully develop his experiments x but: helped to form the American poetry, still remembered chiefly for this contribution
“William Booth Enters Into Heaven” (1913):
- people of all the races and religions sing the song of progress in a mutual harmony
- published in H. Monro’s Poetry
“The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race”:
- a jazz motivated poem using a voodoo language
“Simon Legree” and “John Brown”:
- Negro revival chant motivated poems
“The Chinese Nightingale”:
- a poor Chinese worker in an American city dreams of his ancient culture
"Fat black bucks in a wine-barrel room, / Barrel-house kings, with feet unstable, / Sagged and reeled and pounded on the table, / Pounded on the table, / Beat an empty barrel with the handle of a broom, / Hard as they were able".
From "The Congo".
Author(Nicholas) Vachel Lindsay. (1879 - 1931). American.
WorkPoet. Musician. Orator. Author of "The Congo".
GenresFolklore. African inspiration.
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