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Analysis and comments on The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay

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Comment 7 of 24, added on September 26th, 2011 at 3:18 AM.
Who is the eagle mentioned in the poem?

I was raised in the state of Illinois. The eagle mentioned in the poem was
John P. Altgeld, a governor of Illinois. In the early days of the labor
movements, there was a riot in Chicago at a place called the Haymarket.
Police were sent in and many were injured or killed. Altgeld pardoned the
workers who rioted there because he felt that theirs was a just cause. For
this action he was vilified by those in power; nevertheless, Lindsay was
right. "To live in mankind is far more than to live in a name."

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Comment 6 of 24, added on September 3rd, 2009 at 3:06 AM.

I believe the Eagle is Abraham Lincoln. Both Lindsay and Lincoln were from
Illinois, and this is an interesting reply to "Captain, Oh my Captain" by
Whitman, with a nod to 'When lilacs last in the courtyard bloomed", where a
different bird a thrush is used. Whitman was often much more (pun not
intended but apt) flowery in his verse.

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Comment 5 of 24, added on January 5th, 2009 at 7:37 AM.

The word "sounded" is actually "wounded." Please correct it!

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Poet: Vachel Lindsay
Poem: The Eagle That is Forgotten
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 23 2000

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