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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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18182 The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 115 Comments
12333 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 513 Comments
9942 The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
9761 The Proud Farmer
9702 Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
8991 A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
8658 The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 18 Comments
7698 Drying Their Wings
7518 The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
7351 A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 431 Comments
7135 The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7091 On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
6157 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
5833 An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
5821 Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
5500 The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
5404 The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
5215 Written for a Musician
5160 In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4929 This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4892 Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
4571 Sunshine
4510 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
4419 Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4234 What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
4156 General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
4026 The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
3608 The Scissors-Grinder
3555 Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3442 The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3440 The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3422 To Gloriana
3408 The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3199 St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 16 Comments
3166 How a Little Girl Danced
3157 On the Garden Wall
3091 Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3066 To Lady Jane
3062 Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3007 The Lion
2953 The Prarie Battlements
2923 A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2910 On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
2908 Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress Comments and analysis of Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2900 Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2894 The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
2876 Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
2845 At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2772 Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2772 The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
2749 The Sorceress!
2699 The Traveller-Heart
2654 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
2604 Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2602 The Haughty Snail-King
2568 The King of Yellow Butterflies
2560 Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 43 Comments
2559 The Wizard in the Street
2555 The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
2548 Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2547 The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2517 The Merciful Hand
2472 What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
2466 Aladdin and the Jinn
2451 Heart of God
2450 Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
2444 Beyond the Moon
2444 The Strength of the Lonely
2439 The Queen of Bubbles
2434 The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2428 What the Rattlesnake Said
2329 By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2328 My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
2264 An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2251 Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2231 A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
2200 Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2192 How a Little Girl Sang
2188 Sweet Briars of the Stairways
2164 Upon Returning to the Country Road
2149 The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2131 What the Moon Saw
2115 The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2105 The Tree of Laughing Bells
2101 King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
2099 On Reading Omar Khayyam
2082 Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2074 A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
2074 Queen Mab in the Village
2065 In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2063 The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2060 Lincoln
2030 Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2028 The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
2008 The Booker Washington Trilogy
2006 Niagara
1946 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
1930 Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
1914 Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1911 To Buddha
1902 The Drunkard's Funeral
1883 I Went Down into the Desert
1875 Blanche Sweet
1872 Darling Daughter of Babylon
1852 An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
1839 The Empty Boats
1820 The Song of the Garden-Toad
1814 Written for a Musician
1812 Galahad, Knight Who Perished
1799 When Bryan Speaks
1797 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
1791 Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
1790 Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
1774 To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1772 How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
1768 Rhymes for Gloriana
1763 The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1763 The Raft
1762 Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
1751 The Master of the Dance
1741 The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1738 Concerning Emperors
1738 Honor Among Scamps
1681 I Heard Immanuel Singing
1673 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
1664 Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
1663 What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
1656 With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1646 When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
1644 The Cornfields
1618 On the Building of Springfield
1617 Titian
1616 What the Miner in the Desert Said
1602 What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
1601 The Amaranth
1587 The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1568 The Drunkards in the Street
1565 Above the Battle's Front
1557 The Hearth Eternal
1526 Sweethearts of the Year
1518 To Reformers in Despair
1478 Look You, I'll Go Pray
1462 To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1427 Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
1369 This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
1341 The Encyclopaedia
1331 The Illinois Village
1292 What the Sexton Said
1285 Epitaphs For Two Players
965 The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race Comments and analysis of The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race by Vachel Lindsay 217 Comments
869 The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 274 Comments
593 The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
468 Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
432 The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 38 Comments
391 The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 41 Comments
365 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
329 Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
318 The Jingo and the Minstrel
312 The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
303 The Knight in Disguise
290 To Jane Addams at the Hague
264 A Net to Snare the Moonlight
264 The Black Hawk War of the Artists
250 The Angel and the Clown
233 The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
229 The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
221 Epilogue
37 Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments


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