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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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18082 The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 114 Comments
12346 Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
12158 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 511 Comments
9751 The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
9633 The Proud Farmer
9606 Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
8918 A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
8571 The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 18 Comments
7598 Drying Their Wings
7437 The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
7233 A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 430 Comments
7063 The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7012 On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
5978 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
5741 An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
5733 Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
5395 The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
5218 The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
5141 Written for a Musician
5087 In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4860 This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4805 Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
4485 Sunshine
4421 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
4297 Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4186 What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
4054 General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
3931 The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
3563 The Scissors-Grinder
3467 Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3382 The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3352 To Gloriana
3344 The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3309 The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3133 St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
3115 How a Little Girl Danced
3106 On the Garden Wall
3039 Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3004 To Lady Jane
3003 Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2939 The Lion
2900 The Prarie Battlements
2871 A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2845 On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
2835 The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
2827 Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2818 Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
2794 Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress
2790 At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2726 Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2697 The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
2657 The Sorceress!
2609 The Traveller-Heart
2602 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
2549 The Haughty Snail-King
2527 Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2510 The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
2505 Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2504 The Wizard in the Street
2503 The King of Yellow Butterflies
2488 Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 43 Comments
2480 The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2453 The Merciful Hand
2415 What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
2407 Aladdin and the Jinn
2407 Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
2390 The Queen of Bubbles
2387 Heart of God
2386 What the Rattlesnake Said
2372 Beyond the Moon
2372 The Strength of the Lonely
2352 The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2279 My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
2277 By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2202 An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2189 Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2179 A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
2145 Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2132 How a Little Girl Sang
2127 Sweet Briars of the Stairways
2104 Upon Returning to the Country Road
2090 The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2088 What the Moon Saw
2059 King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
2051 The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2050 On Reading Omar Khayyam
2048 The Tree of Laughing Bells
2030 Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2018 Queen Mab in the Village
2010 The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
2007 A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
2002 In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2000 Lincoln
1980 The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
1977 Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1964 The Booker Washington Trilogy
1949 Niagara
1897 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
1876 Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
1863 To Buddha
1860 Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1857 The Drunkard's Funeral
1823 I Went Down into the Desert
1822 Blanche Sweet
1814 Darling Daughter of Babylon
1805 An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
1793 The Empty Boats
1767 The Song of the Garden-Toad
1761 When Bryan Speaks
1758 Galahad, Knight Who Perished
1757 Written for a Musician
1743 Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
1740 Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
1739 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
1729 How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
1718 Rhymes for Gloriana
1717 To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1714 The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1710 Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
1695 Honor Among Scamps
1690 The Raft
1686 Concerning Emperors
1685 The Master of the Dance
1684 The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1632 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
1619 Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
1618 What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
1617 I Heard Immanuel Singing
1613 When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
1610 With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1601 The Cornfields
1572 Titian
1571 On the Building of Springfield
1563 The Amaranth
1562 What the Miner in the Desert Said
1553 The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1546 What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
1522 The Drunkards in the Street
1519 Above the Battle's Front
1504 The Hearth Eternal
1485 Sweethearts of the Year
1436 Look You, I'll Go Pray
1417 To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1405 To Reformers in Despair
1372 Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
1319 This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
1295 The Encyclopaedia
1286 The Illinois Village
1256 What the Sexton Said
1237 Epitaphs For Two Players
675 The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 272 Comments
659 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
463 The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
368 Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
335 The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 38 Comments
314 The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 41 Comments
293 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
260 The Jingo and the Minstrel
258 Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
253 The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
241 The Knight in Disguise
229 To Jane Addams at the Hague
214 A Net to Snare the Moonlight
214 The Black Hawk War of the Artists
196 The Angel and the Clown
182 The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
178 Epilogue
172 The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments


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