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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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18951 The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 129 Comments
10777 The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
10458 The Proud Farmer
10238 Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 23 Comments
9560 A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
9455 The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 24 Comments
8350 Drying Their Wings
8279 The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
8192 A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 441 Comments
7748 The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7679 On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7499 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
6759 An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
6545 Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 19 Comments
5862 In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5752 Written for a Musician
5420 Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
5399 This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5334 When Bryan Speaks
5171 Sunshine
5142 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
5035 Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
4707 General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
4650 The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
4599 What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
4182 The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
4075 Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
4020 The Scissors-Grinder
3891 The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3846 The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3803 How a Little Girl Danced
3749 St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 21 Comments
3748 On the Garden Wall
3636 Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3635 The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
3580 Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress Comments and analysis of Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3514 Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3488 To Lady Jane
3450 Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
3424 A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3376 On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
3346 The Prarie Battlements
3334 The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
3279 Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
3269 At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3226 The Traveller-Heart
3223 Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
3153 Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
3108 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
3095 The Cornfields
3085 Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3072 The Wizard in the Street
3014 The Haughty Snail-King
2992 The Strength of the Lonely
2990 Beyond the Moon
2984 Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2975 The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
2969 The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2965 The Merciful Hand
2964 Aladdin and the Jinn
2908 What the Rattlesnake Said
2895 What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
2852 Heart of God
2804 Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
2796 By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2793 An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2669 Sweet Briars of the Stairways
2658 Upon Returning to the Country Road
2637 The Tree of Laughing Bells
2615 A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
2615 The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2605 How a Little Girl Sang
2605 Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2597 The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2589 What the Moon Saw
2582 In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2560 Queen Mab in the Village
2553 A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2552 Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2524 On Reading Omar Khayyam
2515 Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2506 The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2486 The Booker Washington Trilogy
2482 Lincoln
2481 Niagara
2469 The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
2390 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
2380 Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
2370 The Drunkard's Funeral
2363 The Empty Boats
2341 I Went Down into the Desert
2340 Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2335 Darling Daughter of Babylon
2331 To Buddha
2317 Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
2294 The Raft
2290 Written for a Musician
2288 Blanche Sweet
2263 Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2244 The Master of the Dance
2234 The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2221 The Song of the Garden-Toad
2208 An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
2179 The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2152 Rhymes for Gloriana
2149 To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2133 Honor Among Scamps
2131 How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
2122 I Heard Immanuel Singing
2094 What the Miner in the Desert Said
2086 To Reformers in Despair
2081 What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2055 Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2044 Look You, I'll Go Pray
2025 With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2021 Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
2018 When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
2001 What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
1966 Titian
1963 Above the Battle's Front
1963 The Drunkards in the Street
1957 The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1938 The Amaranth
1937 The Hearth Eternal
1931 To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1867 Sweethearts of the Year
1826 This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
1796 Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
1734 The Encyclopaedia
1679 Epitaphs For Two Players
1670 The Illinois Village
1618 What the Sexton Said
1483 The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
1377 Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
982 The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 50 Comments
945 The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 41 Comments
908 The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
868 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
843 Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 17 Comments
823 The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
813 The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
793 To Jane Addams at the Hague
774 The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 294 Comments
681 The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
663 A Net to Snare the Moonlight
658 The Black Hawk War of the Artists
587 Epilogue
568 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
458 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 519 Comments
424 The Sorceress!
362 The Queen of Bubbles
304 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
297 The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
275 To Gloriana
259 Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
240 King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
229 Galahad, Knight Who Perished
228 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
184 Concerning Emperors
180 My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
180 The Jingo and the Minstrel
154 The Angel and the Clown
114 Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 47 Comments
102 The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
48 The Knight in Disguise
30 The King of Yellow Butterflies
27 On the Building of Springfield
16 The Lion


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