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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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19050 The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 130 Comments
10832 The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
10538 The Proud Farmer
10281 Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 23 Comments
9622 A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
9543 The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 24 Comments
8412 Drying Their Wings
8350 The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
8299 A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 441 Comments
7802 The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7752 The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky Comments and analysis of The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
7739 On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
6942 An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 17 Comments
6660 Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 19 Comments
5906 In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5799 Written for a Musician
5475 Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
5443 This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5383 When Bryan Speaks
5246 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 204 Comments
5215 Sunshine
5090 Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
4763 General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
4708 The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
4643 What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
4236 The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
4131 Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
4049 The Scissors-Grinder
3976 The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3890 The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3867 How a Little Girl Danced
3839 St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 21 Comments
3791 On the Garden Wall
3708 Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3690 The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
3621 Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress Comments and analysis of Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3541 Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3536 To Lady Jane
3534 Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
3474 A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3449 On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
3418 The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
3389 The Prarie Battlements
3384 The Tree of Laughing Bells
3319 At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3317 Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
3289 The Traveller-Heart
3273 Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
3215 Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
3145 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
3143 The Cornfields
3117 Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3115 The Wizard in the Street
3064 Beyond the Moon
3062 The Haughty Snail-King
3058 The Strength of the Lonely
3049 Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3028 The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
3017 The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3001 The Merciful Hand
3000 Aladdin and the Jinn
2964 What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
2953 What the Rattlesnake Said
2904 Heart of God
2853 By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2853 Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
2840 An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2716 Sweet Briars of the Stairways
2701 Upon Returning to the Country Road
2671 A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
2666 The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2651 Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2644 How a Little Girl Sang
2635 In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2634 The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2629 What the Moon Saw
2602 A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2601 Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2601 Queen Mab in the Village
2572 Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2561 On Reading Omar Khayyam
2560 The Booker Washington Trilogy
2553 The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
2538 Niagara
2522 The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
2520 Lincoln
2477 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 12 Comments
2436 Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
2435 The Drunkard's Funeral
2421 The Empty Boats
2386 Darling Daughter of Babylon
2379 I Went Down into the Desert
2377 Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2367 To Buddha
2365 Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
2342 Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2341 The Raft
2336 Written for a Musician
2325 Blanche Sweet
2300 The Master of the Dance
2288 The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2269 The Song of the Garden-Toad
2238 An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
2229 The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2212 Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2194 Rhymes for Gloriana
2192 When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
2186 I Heard Immanuel Singing
2178 To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2177 Honor Among Scamps
2174 What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
2172 How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
2138 What the Miner in the Desert Said
2121 To Reformers in Despair
2095 Look You, I'll Go Pray
2074 With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2063 Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
2043 What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
2022 The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2012 The Drunkards in the Street
2009 Above the Battle's Front
2001 Titian
1981 The Amaranth
1980 To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1976 The Hearth Eternal
1903 Sweethearts of the Year
1867 This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
1838 Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
1822 The Illinois Village
1776 The Encyclopaedia
1734 Epitaphs For Two Players
1660 What the Sexton Said
1580 The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
1489 Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
1078 The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 50 Comments
1011 The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 41 Comments
997 The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
937 Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 18 Comments
921 How Samson Bore Away the Gates of Gaza Comments and analysis of How Samson Bore Away the Gates of Gaza by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
882 The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
881 The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
867 The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 296 Comments
850 To Jane Addams at the Hague
724 The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race Comments and analysis of The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race by Vachel Lindsay 249 Comments
722 The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
721 A Net to Snare the Moonlight
715 The Black Hawk War of the Artists
683 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 519 Comments
630 Epilogue
528 The Sorceress!
397 The Queen of Bubbles
350 Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
350 The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
335 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
327 To Gloriana
288 Galahad, Knight Who Perished
278 King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
272 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 14 Comments
246 Concerning Emperors
243 The Jingo and the Minstrel
232 My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
202 The Angel and the Clown
191 Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 48 Comments
185 The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 16 Comments
91 The King of Yellow Butterflies
89 The Knight in Disguise
81 On the Building of Springfield
80 The Lion


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