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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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19007 The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 129 Comments
10801 The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
10509 The Proud Farmer
10260 Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 23 Comments
9595 A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
9507 The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 24 Comments
8389 Drying Their Wings
8322 The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
8241 A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 441 Comments
7770 The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7715 On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7640 The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky Comments and analysis of The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
6855 An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
6608 Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 19 Comments
5886 In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5779 Written for a Musician
5448 Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
5428 This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5359 When Bryan Speaks
5195 Sunshine
5192 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
5064 Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
4737 General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
4683 The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
4622 What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
4214 The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
4105 Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
4037 The Scissors-Grinder
3917 The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3869 The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3841 How a Little Girl Danced
3793 St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 21 Comments
3773 On the Garden Wall
3678 Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3663 The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
3600 Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress Comments and analysis of Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3528 Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3515 To Lady Jane
3483 Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
3451 A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3416 On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
3372 The Prarie Battlements
3370 The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
3301 Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
3294 At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3259 The Traveller-Heart
3253 Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
3185 Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
3126 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
3122 The Cornfields
3103 Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3095 The Wizard in the Street
3036 The Haughty Snail-King
3032 The Strength of the Lonely
3031 Beyond the Moon
3020 Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3006 The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
2996 The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2987 Aladdin and the Jinn
2986 The Merciful Hand
2927 What the Rattlesnake Said
2923 What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
2880 Heart of God
2831 By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2831 Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
2819 An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2692 Sweet Briars of the Stairways
2679 Upon Returning to the Country Road
2663 The Tree of Laughing Bells
2643 A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
2642 The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2629 How a Little Girl Sang
2626 Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2619 The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2614 What the Moon Saw
2611 In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2582 Queen Mab in the Village
2581 A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2575 Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2547 On Reading Omar Khayyam
2546 Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2536 The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2533 The Booker Washington Trilogy
2519 Niagara
2498 The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
2497 Lincoln
2427 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 11 Comments
2408 The Drunkard's Funeral
2405 Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
2401 The Empty Boats
2364 Darling Daughter of Babylon
2364 I Went Down into the Desert
2359 Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2352 To Buddha
2345 Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
2325 The Raft
2315 Written for a Musician
2310 Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2307 Blanche Sweet
2276 The Master of the Dance
2270 The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2250 The Song of the Garden-Toad
2223 An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
2204 The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2174 Rhymes for Gloriana
2172 When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
2162 To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2159 Honor Among Scamps
2151 How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
2150 I Heard Immanuel Singing
2144 Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2131 What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2119 What the Miner in the Desert Said
2106 To Reformers in Despair
2074 Look You, I'll Go Pray
2056 With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2045 Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
2023 What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
1992 The Drunkards in the Street
1989 Above the Battle's Front
1989 The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1987 Titian
1967 The Amaranth
1960 To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1958 The Hearth Eternal
1884 Sweethearts of the Year
1845 This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
1822 Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
1807 The Illinois Village
1756 The Encyclopaedia
1712 Epitaphs For Two Players
1640 What the Sexton Said
1535 The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
1427 Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
1038 The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 50 Comments
987 The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 41 Comments
969 The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
895 Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 17 Comments
893 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
855 The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
846 The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
825 To Jane Addams at the Hague
823 The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 294 Comments
702 The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
698 The Black Hawk War of the Artists
696 A Net to Snare the Moonlight
664 The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race Comments and analysis of The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race by Vachel Lindsay 248 Comments
612 Epilogue
588 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 519 Comments
488 The Sorceress!
382 The Queen of Bubbles
331 The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
324 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
303 Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
300 To Gloriana
263 King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
254 Galahad, Knight Who Perished
246 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
214 The Jingo and the Minstrel
213 Concerning Emperors
212 My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
173 The Angel and the Clown
159 Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 47 Comments
151 The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
71 The Knight in Disguise
66 The King of Yellow Butterflies
58 On the Building of Springfield
53 The Lion


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