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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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18206 The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 116 Comments
12409 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 514 Comments
9981 The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
9801 The Proud Farmer
9732 Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
9011 A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
8687 The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 18 Comments
7733 Drying Their Wings
7541 The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
7382 A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 431 Comments
7159 The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7129 On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
6211 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
5881 An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
5863 Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
5535 The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
5459 The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
5249 Written for a Musician
5180 In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4947 This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4921 Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
4589 Sunshine
4554 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 202 Comments
4468 Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4247 What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
4181 General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
4059 The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
3623 The Scissors-Grinder
3581 Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3460 The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3456 The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3441 To Gloriana
3424 The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3216 St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 17 Comments
3183 On the Garden Wall
3176 How a Little Girl Danced
3116 Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3086 To Lady Jane
3082 Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3026 The Lion
2963 The Prarie Battlements
2952 Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress Comments and analysis of Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2945 A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2936 On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
2930 Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2916 The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
2884 Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
2861 At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2806 The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
2787 Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2777 The Sorceress!
2729 The Traveller-Heart
2667 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
2622 Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2612 The Haughty Snail-King
2593 The King of Yellow Butterflies
2591 Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 43 Comments
2591 The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
2581 The Wizard in the Street
2568 Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2565 The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2546 The Merciful Hand
2486 What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
2486 Aladdin and the Jinn
2466 Heart of God
2462 Beyond the Moon
2462 Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
2461 The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2460 The Strength of the Lonely
2458 The Queen of Bubbles
2442 What the Rattlesnake Said
2350 By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2340 My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
2293 An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2275 Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2244 A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
2214 Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2204 How a Little Girl Sang
2201 Sweet Briars of the Stairways
2183 Upon Returning to the Country Road
2164 The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2143 What the Moon Saw
2140 The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2129 The Tree of Laughing Bells
2115 King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
2115 On Reading Omar Khayyam
2097 A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
2095 Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2093 Queen Mab in the Village
2085 In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2081 The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2080 Lincoln
2046 The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
2040 Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2022 The Booker Washington Trilogy
2021 Niagara
1968 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
1942 Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
1930 Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1920 To Buddha
1916 The Drunkard's Funeral
1898 I Went Down into the Desert
1887 Blanche Sweet
1887 Darling Daughter of Babylon
1864 An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
1847 The Empty Boats
1837 Written for a Musician
1834 The Song of the Garden-Toad
1825 Galahad, Knight Who Perished
1820 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
1813 When Bryan Speaks
1804 Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
1800 Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
1788 To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1787 How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
1787 The Raft
1783 Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
1783 Rhymes for Gloriana
1776 The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1770 The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1770 The Master of the Dance
1752 Concerning Emperors
1751 Honor Among Scamps
1700 I Heard Immanuel Singing
1687 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
1678 Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
1673 With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1671 What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
1663 When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
1657 The Cornfields
1631 On the Building of Springfield
1630 Titian
1627 What the Miner in the Desert Said
1620 What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
1613 The Amaranth
1607 The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1581 The Hearth Eternal
1580 Above the Battle's Front
1580 The Drunkards in the Street
1540 To Reformers in Despair
1538 Sweethearts of the Year
1492 Look You, I'll Go Pray
1489 To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1442 Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
1387 This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
1353 The Encyclopaedia
1345 The Illinois Village
1303 What the Sexton Said
1297 Epitaphs For Two Players
1035 The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race Comments and analysis of The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race by Vachel Lindsay 221 Comments
920 The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 275 Comments
652 The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
508 Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
467 The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 38 Comments
420 The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 41 Comments
388 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
363 Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
343 The Jingo and the Minstrel
332 The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
322 The Knight in Disguise
312 To Jane Addams at the Hague
284 The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
276 A Net to Snare the Moonlight
273 The Black Hawk War of the Artists
267 The Angel and the Clown
240 The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
236 Epilogue
160 Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments


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