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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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18378 The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 121 Comments
12785 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 517 Comments
10195 The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
9988 The Proud Farmer
9900 Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
9178 A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
8863 The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 18 Comments
7924 Drying Their Wings
7760 The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
7620 A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 434 Comments
7354 The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7318 On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
6512 The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky Comments and analysis of The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
6069 An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
6036 Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
5715 The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
5712 The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
5405 In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5391 Written for a Musician
5081 This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5053 Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
4756 Sunshine
4701 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
4639 Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4339 General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
4327 What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
4230 The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
3727 Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3698 The Scissors-Grinder
3670 The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3597 The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3567 The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3331 On the Garden Wall
3321 How a Little Girl Danced
3306 St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 19 Comments
3255 Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3202 Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3202 To Lady Jane
3163 The Lion
3102 Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress Comments and analysis of Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3080 The Prarie Battlements
3074 A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3056 The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
3050 On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
3045 Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2976 Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
2963 At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2944 The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
2907 Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2890 The Traveller-Heart
2778 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
2745 Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2744 Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 43 Comments
2736 The King of Yellow Butterflies
2733 The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
2706 The Haughty Snail-King
2695 The Wizard in the Street
2686 Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2670 The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2663 The Merciful Hand
2639 What the Rattlesnake Said
2635 Aladdin and the Jinn
2604 Beyond the Moon
2603 The Strength of the Lonely
2585 The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2581 What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
2566 Heart of God
2552 Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
2501 By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2457 An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2438 Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2432 My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
2335 A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
2319 Sweet Briars of the Stairways
2316 Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2314 How a Little Girl Sang
2312 Upon Returning to the Country Road
2304 The Tree of Laughing Bells
2283 The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2274 What the Moon Saw
2257 The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2242 A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2242 King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
2235 In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2228 Queen Mab in the Village
2220 On Reading Omar Khayyam
2209 Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2196 Lincoln
2187 The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2167 The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
2160 Niagara
2137 Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2118 The Booker Washington Trilogy
2082 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
2073 Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2036 Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
2026 I Went Down into the Desert
2025 The Empty Boats
2025 To Buddha
2003 The Drunkard's Funeral
1992 Blanche Sweet
1983 Darling Daughter of Babylon
1976 An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
1950 Written for a Musician
1948 The Song of the Garden-Toad
1947 The Raft
1935 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
1931 Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
1926 Galahad, Knight Who Perished
1924 Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
1905 To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1904 Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
1893 When Bryan Speaks
1892 The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1892 The Master of the Dance
1881 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
1877 How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
1877 The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1872 Rhymes for Gloriana
1849 Honor Among Scamps
1840 Concerning Emperors
1801 I Heard Immanuel Singing
1791 What the Miner in the Desert Said
1763 Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
1758 What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
1754 When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
1748 With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1739 The Cornfields
1729 On the Building of Springfield
1700 Titian
1699 Above the Battle's Front
1698 What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
1691 The Amaranth
1690 The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1686 To Reformers in Despair
1675 The Drunkards in the Street
1668 The Hearth Eternal
1617 Sweethearts of the Year
1613 Look You, I'll Go Pray
1597 To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1539 Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
1496 This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
1443 The Encyclopaedia
1432 The Illinois Village
1406 Epitaphs For Two Players
1383 The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race Comments and analysis of The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race by Vachel Lindsay 231 Comments
1366 What the Sexton Said
887 The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
731 Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
707 Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
586 The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 40 Comments
561 The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 45 Comments
518 How Samson Bore Away the Gates of Gaza Comments and analysis of How Samson Bore Away the Gates of Gaza by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
493 The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
492 Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 16 Comments
442 The Jingo and the Minstrel
442 To Jane Addams at the Hague
422 The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
422 The Knight in Disguise
398 A Net to Snare the Moonlight
396 The Angel and the Clown
373 The Black Hawk War of the Artists
359 The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
323 Epilogue
48 The Queen of Bubbles
35 The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 283 Comments
9 To Gloriana
8 The Sorceress!


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