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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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18270 The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 117 Comments
12528 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 514 Comments
10063 The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
9859 The Proud Farmer
9798 Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
9067 A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
8743 The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 18 Comments
7788 Drying Their Wings
7636 The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
7464 A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 431 Comments
7222 The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7187 On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
6313 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
5954 An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
5928 Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
5609 The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
5550 The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
5313 Written for a Musician
5221 In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5004 This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4954 Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
4649 Sunshine
4608 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
4530 Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4274 What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
4232 General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
4115 The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
3649 The Scissors-Grinder
3628 Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3529 The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3506 The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3482 To Gloriana
3477 The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3244 St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 17 Comments
3232 On the Garden Wall
3208 How a Little Girl Danced
3163 Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3132 Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3130 To Lady Jane
3065 The Lion
3009 The Prarie Battlements
3000 Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress Comments and analysis of Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2993 A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2982 On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 14 Comments
2978 Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2962 The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
2921 Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
2890 At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2857 The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
2833 The Sorceress!
2819 Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2780 The Traveller-Heart
2701 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
2666 Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2649 The Haughty Snail-King
2645 The King of Yellow Butterflies
2639 The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
2628 Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 43 Comments
2627 The Wizard in the Street
2607 Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2604 The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2595 The Merciful Hand
2547 Aladdin and the Jinn
2531 The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2520 What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
2515 The Strength of the Lonely
2506 The Queen of Bubbles
2504 Heart of God
2501 Beyond the Moon
2494 Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
2480 What the Rattlesnake Said
2401 By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2376 My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
2356 An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2336 Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2269 A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
2256 Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2250 How a Little Girl Sang
2248 Sweet Briars of the Stairways
2231 Upon Returning to the Country Road
2204 The Tree of Laughing Bells
2196 The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2185 The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2177 What the Moon Saw
2168 A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
2153 King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
2149 On Reading Omar Khayyam
2143 Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2140 Queen Mab in the Village
2131 Lincoln
2120 In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2116 The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2082 The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
2069 Niagara
2066 The Booker Washington Trilogy
2064 Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2016 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
1986 Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1971 Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
1963 To Buddha
1952 The Drunkard's Funeral
1937 I Went Down into the Desert
1923 Blanche Sweet
1913 Darling Daughter of Babylon
1892 An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
1884 Written for a Musician
1879 The Song of the Garden-Toad
1870 The Empty Boats
1857 Galahad, Knight Who Perished
1856 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
1852 The Raft
1845 Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
1842 Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
1841 When Bryan Speaks
1838 Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
1819 To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1818 How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
1815 Rhymes for Gloriana
1815 The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1814 The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1811 The Master of the Dance
1801 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
1787 Honor Among Scamps
1777 Concerning Emperors
1747 I Heard Immanuel Singing
1713 Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
1700 With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1698 What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
1693 When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
1685 The Cornfields
1680 What the Miner in the Desert Said
1660 On the Building of Springfield
1660 Titian
1646 What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
1642 The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1639 The Amaranth
1625 Above the Battle's Front
1614 The Hearth Eternal
1613 The Drunkards in the Street
1589 To Reformers in Despair
1570 Sweethearts of the Year
1536 Look You, I'll Go Pray
1534 To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1475 Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
1426 This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
1375 The Encyclopaedia
1374 The Illinois Village
1329 Epitaphs For Two Players
1326 What the Sexton Said
1169 The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race Comments and analysis of The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race by Vachel Lindsay 222 Comments
1014 The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 277 Comments
741 The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
587 Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
507 The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 38 Comments
487 The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 43 Comments
427 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
400 Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
393 The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
383 The Jingo and the Minstrel
363 To Jane Addams at the Hague
355 Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
351 The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
348 The Knight in Disguise
310 A Net to Snare the Moonlight
310 The Black Hawk War of the Artists
302 The Angel and the Clown
274 The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
263 Epilogue


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