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Biography of Vachel Lindsay

Vachel Lindsay

Vachel Lindsay (1879 - 1931)

Vachel Lindsay -- poet, idealist, troubador -- is sometimes called Springfield's "second most famous" son. He was born in Springfield in 1879 and always considered the Capitol City his home.

Like any youngster growing up in Central Illinois, Lindsay was schooled in the virtues of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield's most famous resident. He, like Lincoln, was fascinated by the common people, and much of his poetry reflected that fascination.

Young Lindsay, whose full name was Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, attended Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, for three years before studying art in Chicago and New York City. He later turned to poetry, a medium which was more successful for him.

He first received recognition in 1913, when "Poetry" magazine published his poem "General William Booth Enters into Heaven" about the founder of The Salvation Army. Racial harmony was a concern of Lindsay's. "The Congo," a poem about blacks, was one of his most famous and popular poems.

Lindsay spent much of his life walking across the country, performing and distributing copies of his poetry in exchange for bed and board. Lindsay's poems were very rhythmic, and he performed them almost melodramatically -- chanting, shouting, gesturing, and even singing rather than merely reciting.

Lindsay married Elizabeth Connor in 1925 when he was 45 and she was 23. They had two children, Susan in 1926 and Nicholas in 1927. They settled in Vachel's family home in Springfield in 1929.

The poet's career declined during the 1920s. He began to believe that people were only impressed with his powerful performances, not the poetry itself.

Lindsay became severely depressed as both his creativity and his popularity waned; he committed suicide in 1931 by drinking poison.

Lindsay's verse is characterized by its lyric quality and its simple, forceful rhythms. Among his volumes of poetry are The Congo and Other Poems (1914) and Every Soul Is a Circus (1929)



168 Poems written by Vachel Lindsay

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PoemComments
A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
A Net to Snare the Moonlight
A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 430 Comments
A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
Above the Battle's Front
Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 511 Comments
Aladdin and the Jinn
Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 43 Comments
An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
Beyond the Moon
Blanche Sweet
Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
Concerning Emperors
Darling Daughter of Babylon
Drying Their Wings
Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Epilogue
Epitaphs For Two Players
Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
Galahad, Knight Who Perished
General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
Heart of God
Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
Honor Among Scamps
How a Little Girl Danced
How a Little Girl Sang
How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
How Samson Bore Away the Gates of Gaza Comments and analysis of How Samson Bore Away the Gates of Gaza by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
I Heard Immanuel Singing
I Went Down into the Desert
In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
Lincoln
Look You, I'll Go Pray
Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress Comments and analysis of Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
Niagara
On Reading Omar Khayyam
On the Building of Springfield
On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
On the Garden Wall
On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
Queen Mab in the Village
Rhymes for Gloriana
Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
Sunshine
Sweet Briars of the Stairways
Sweethearts of the Year
The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
The Amaranth
The Angel and the Clown
The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
The Black Hawk War of the Artists
The Booker Washington Trilogy
The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race Comments and analysis of The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race by Vachel Lindsay 213 Comments
The Cornfields
The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
The Drunkards in the Street
The Drunkard's Funeral
The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 18 Comments
The Empty Boats
The Encyclopaedia
The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 114 Comments
The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 41 Comments
The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
The Haughty Snail-King
The Hearth Eternal
The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
The Illinois Village
The Jingo and the Minstrel
The King of Yellow Butterflies
The Knight in Disguise
The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 272 Comments
The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
The Lion
The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
The Master of the Dance
The Merciful Hand
The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky Comments and analysis of The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
The North Star Whispers to the Blacksmith's Son Comments and analysis of The North Star Whispers to the Blacksmith's Son by Vachel Lindsay 201 Comments
The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
The Prarie Battlements
The Proud Farmer
The Queen of Bubbles
The Raft
The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
The Scissors-Grinder
The Song of the Garden-Toad
The Sorceress!
The Soul of the City Receives the Gift of the Holy Spirit Comments and analysis of The Soul of the City Receives the Gift of the Holy Spirit by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
The Strength of the Lonely
The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
The Traveller-Heart
The Tree of Laughing Bells
The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 38 Comments
The Wedding of the Rose and the Lotos Comments and analysis of The Wedding of the Rose and the Lotos by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
The Wizard in the Street
This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
Titian
To Buddha
To Gloriana
To Jane Addams at the Hague
To Lady Jane
To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
To Reformers in Despair
To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
Upon Returning to the Country Road
We Meet at the Judgment and I Fear It Not Comments and analysis of We Meet at the Judgment and I Fear It Not by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
What the Miner in the Desert Said
What the Moon Saw
What the Rattlesnake Said
What the Sexton Said
When Bryan Speaks
When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
Written for a Musician
Written for a Musician
Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment


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