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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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18066 The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 114 Comments
12266 Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
12121 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 267 Comments
9732 The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
9596 The Proud Farmer
9586 Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
8904 A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
8552 The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 18 Comments
7577 Drying Their Wings
7220 The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7213 A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 184 Comments
7043 The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
6997 On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
5944 The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky Comments and analysis of The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
5722 An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
5710 Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
5371 The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
5182 The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
5131 Written for a Musician
5077 In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4845 This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4786 Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
4460 Sunshine
4406 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 76 Comments
4274 Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4174 What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
4031 General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
3908 The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
3548 The Scissors-Grinder
3454 Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3372 The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3341 To Gloriana
3334 The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3301 The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3124 St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
3109 How a Little Girl Danced
3092 On the Garden Wall
3027 Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2988 To Lady Jane
2986 Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2926 The Lion
2890 The Prarie Battlements
2862 A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2833 On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
2820 The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
2812 Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2809 Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
2783 Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress
2777 At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2717 Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2684 The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
2642 The Sorceress!
2594 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
2594 The Traveller-Heart
2536 The Haughty Snail-King
2514 Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2497 The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
2491 Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2489 The King of Yellow Butterflies
2489 The Wizard in the Street
2472 The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2471 Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 42 Comments
2443 The Merciful Hand
2408 What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
2399 Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
2395 Aladdin and the Jinn
2376 Heart of God
2375 The Queen of Bubbles
2375 What the Rattlesnake Said
2357 Beyond the Moon
2357 The Strength of the Lonely
2341 The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2268 My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
2258 By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2194 An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2176 Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2164 A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
2137 Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2119 How a Little Girl Sang
2117 Sweet Briars of the Stairways
2096 Upon Returning to the Country Road
2074 What the Moon Saw
2073 The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2051 King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
2040 On Reading Omar Khayyam
2038 The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2031 The Tree of Laughing Bells
2016 Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1994 The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
1993 A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
1992 Queen Mab in the Village
1991 In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1988 Lincoln
1970 The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
1965 Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1941 Niagara
1889 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
1867 Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
1852 To Buddha
1849 Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1848 The Drunkard's Funeral
1809 Blanche Sweet
1807 I Went Down into the Desert
1803 Darling Daughter of Babylon
1792 An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
1783 The Empty Boats
1781 The Booker Washington Trilogy
1755 The Song of the Garden-Toad
1751 When Bryan Speaks
1746 Galahad, Knight Who Perished
1738 Written for a Musician
1732 Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
1731 Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
1728 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
1719 How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
1708 Rhymes for Gloriana
1706 To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1702 The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1696 Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
1685 Honor Among Scamps
1676 Concerning Emperors
1675 The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1675 The Raft
1673 The Master of the Dance
1616 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
1609 What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
1608 I Heard Immanuel Singing
1607 Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
1602 When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
1600 With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1590 The Cornfields
1561 On the Building of Springfield
1559 Titian
1556 The Amaranth
1551 What the Miner in the Desert Said
1547 The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1535 What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
1512 The Drunkards in the Street
1507 Above the Battle's Front
1493 The Hearth Eternal
1475 Sweethearts of the Year
1428 Look You, I'll Go Pray
1408 To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1393 To Reformers in Despair
1357 Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
1312 This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
1287 The Encyclopaedia
1278 The Illinois Village
1246 What the Sexton Said
1226 Epitaphs For Two Players
639 The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 141 Comments
619 The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race Comments and analysis of The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race by Vachel Lindsay 87 Comments
439 The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
351 Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
317 The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 36 Comments
290 The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 39 Comments
281 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
247 Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
244 The Jingo and the Minstrel
241 The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
225 The Knight in Disguise
217 To Jane Addams at the Hague
206 A Net to Snare the Moonlight
205 The Black Hawk War of the Artists
184 The Angel and the Clown
163 Epilogue
163 The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
160 The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments


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