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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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18391 The Flower-Fed Buffaloes Comments and analysis of The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay 121 Comments
12826 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 517 Comments
10230 The Little Turtle Comments and analysis of The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay 4 Comments
9999 The Proud Farmer
9910 Love and Law Comments and analysis of Love and Law by Vachel Lindsay 13 Comments
9190 A Sense of Humor Comments and analysis of A Sense of Humor by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
8878 The Eagle That is Forgotten Comments and analysis of The Eagle That is Forgotten by Vachel Lindsay 18 Comments
7951 Drying Their Wings
7788 The Rose of Midnight Comments and analysis of The Rose of Midnight by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
7633 A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign Comments and analysis of A Rhyme About an Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay 434 Comments
7371 The Hope of the Resurrection Comments and analysis of The Hope of the Resurrection by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
7329 On The Garden Wall Comments and analysis of On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
6535 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
6090 An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie Comments and analysis of An Indian Summer Day on the Prarie by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
6055 Our Mother Pocahontas Comments and analysis of Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
5734 The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken Comments and analysis of The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
5727 The Mysterious Cat Comments and analysis of The Mysterious Cat by Vachel Lindsay 12 Comments
5426 In Memory of a Child Comments and analysis of In Memory of a Child by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5403 Written for a Musician
5096 This Section is a Christmas Tree Comments and analysis of This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
5070 Prologue to "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread"
4771 Sunshine
4716 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
4650 Two Old Crows Comments and analysis of Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
4352 General William Booth Enters into Heaven Comments and analysis of General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
4334 What the Ghost of the Gambler Said
4247 The Perfect Marriage Comments and analysis of The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
3741 Genesis Comments and analysis of Genesis by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3708 The Scissors-Grinder
3687 The Potatoes' Dance Comments and analysis of The Potatoes' Dance by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3606 The Moon is a Painter Comments and analysis of The Moon is a Painter by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3576 The Chinese Nightingale Comments and analysis of The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3340 On the Garden Wall
3337 How a Little Girl Danced
3323 St. Francis of Assisi Comments and analysis of St. Francis of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay 19 Comments
3268 Star of My Heart Comments and analysis of Star of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3218 To Lady Jane
3210 Ghosts in Love Comments and analysis of Ghosts in Love by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
3189 The Lion
3123 Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress Comments and analysis of Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3094 The Prarie Battlements
3085 A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten Comments and analysis of A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
3068 The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
3059 On the Road to Nowhere Comments and analysis of On the Road to Nowhere by Vachel Lindsay 15 Comments
3054 Yankee Doodle Comments and analysis of Yankee Doodle by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
2985 Shakespeare Comments and analysis of Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
2970 At Mass Comments and analysis of At Mass by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2958 The Ghosts of the Buffaloes
2920 Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries Comments and analysis of Popcorn, Glass Balls, and Cranberries by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2906 The Traveller-Heart
2790 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
2759 Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie Comments and analysis of Alone in the Wind, on the Prairie by Vachel Lindsay 43 Comments
2758 Here's to the Mice! Comments and analysis of Here's to the Mice! by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2748 The King of Yellow Butterflies
2742 The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)
2716 The Haughty Snail-King
2707 The Wizard in the Street
2696 Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be Comments and analysis of Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2680 The Merciful Hand
2680 The Spice-Tree Comments and analysis of The Spice-Tree by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2649 Aladdin and the Jinn
2648 What the Rattlesnake Said
2620 Beyond the Moon
2617 The Strength of the Lonely
2592 The Trap Comments and analysis of The Trap by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2590 What Semiramis Said Comments and analysis of What Semiramis Said by Vachel Lindsay 6 Comments
2582 Heart of God
2563 Mark Twain and Joan of Arc
2515 By the Spring, at Sunset Comments and analysis of By the Spring, at Sunset by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2465 An Argument Comments and analysis of An Argument by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2453 Caught in a Net Comments and analysis of Caught in a Net by Vachel Lindsay 11 Comments
2444 My Lady in Her White Silk Shawl
2345 A Prayer to All the Dead among Mine Own People
2335 Upon Returning to the Country Road
2330 Sweet Briars of the Stairways
2326 Springfield Magical Comments and analysis of Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2325 How a Little Girl Sang
2317 The Tree of Laughing Bells
2295 The Light o' the Moon Comments and analysis of The Light o' the Moon by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2280 What the Moon Saw
2267 The City That Will Not Repent Comments and analysis of The City That Will Not Repent by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2253 A Curse for Kings Comments and analysis of A Curse for Kings by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2253 King Arthur's Men Have Come Again
2247 In Praise of Songs that Die Comments and analysis of In Praise of Songs that Die by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2245 Queen Mab in the Village
2231 On Reading Omar Khayyam
2223 Who Knows? Comments and analysis of Who Knows? by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2208 Lincoln
2198 The Sun Says His Prayers Comments and analysis of The Sun Says His Prayers by Vachel Lindsay 8 Comments
2179 The Tale of the Tiger-Tree
2171 Niagara
2146 Buddha Comments and analysis of Buddha by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
2129 The Booker Washington Trilogy
2100 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
2085 Incense Comments and analysis of Incense by Vachel Lindsay 2 Comments
2048 Our Guardian Angels and Their Children
2041 The Empty Boats
2038 To Buddha
2037 I Went Down into the Desert
2013 The Drunkard's Funeral
2006 Blanche Sweet
1993 Darling Daughter of Babylon
1989 An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
1958 Written for a Musician
1957 The Raft
1956 The Song of the Garden-Toad
1947 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
1945 Eden in Winter Comments and analysis of Eden in Winter by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
1935 Galahad, Knight Who Perished
1932 Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket
1914 Michaelangelo Comments and analysis of Michaelangelo by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
1914 To Mary Pickford Comments and analysis of To Mary Pickford by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1904 The Master of the Dance
1903 The Flower of Mending Comments and analysis of The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1901 When Bryan Speaks
1895 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
1893 The Fairy Bridal-Hymn Comments and analysis of The Fairy Bridal-Hymn by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1886 How I Walked Alone in the Jungles of Heaven
1885 Rhymes for Gloriana
1860 Honor Among Scamps
1850 Concerning Emperors
1810 I Heard Immanuel Singing
1806 What the Miner in the Desert Said
1770 What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
1768 Where Is David, the Next King of Israel?
1762 When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich
1756 With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses Comments and analysis of With a Bouquet of Twelve Roses by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1749 The Cornfields
1740 On the Building of Springfield
1709 Above the Battle's Front
1708 Titian
1706 What the Coal-Heaver Said Comments and analysis of What the Coal-Heaver Said by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
1703 The Amaranth
1695 To Reformers in Despair
1694 The Beggar's Valentine Comments and analysis of The Beggar's Valentine by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1688 The Drunkards in the Street
1675 The Hearth Eternal
1627 Sweethearts of the Year
1621 Look You, I'll Go Pray
1608 To the United States Senate Comments and analysis of To the United States Senate by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
1550 Where Is the Real Non-Resistant
1508 This, My Song, Is Made For Kerensky
1450 The Encyclopaedia
1440 The Illinois Village
1419 Epitaphs For Two Players
1418 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
1375 What the Sexton Said
911 The Dandelion Comments and analysis of The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay 3 Comments
757 Factory Windows are Always Broken Comments and analysis of Factory Windows are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay 7 Comments
743 Euclid Comments and analysis of Euclid by Vachel Lindsay 5 Comments
608 The Unpardonable Sin Comments and analysis of The Unpardonable Sin by Vachel Lindsay 40 Comments
577 The Gamblers Comments and analysis of The Gamblers by Vachel Lindsay 45 Comments
530 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
504 Foreign Missions in Battle Array Comments and analysis of Foreign Missions in Battle Array by Vachel Lindsay 16 Comments
500 The Firemen's Ball Comments and analysis of The Firemen's Ball by Vachel Lindsay 10 Comments
457 To Jane Addams at the Hague
454 The Jingo and the Minstrel
437 The Alchemist's Petition Comments and analysis of The Alchemist's Petition by Vachel Lindsay 9 Comments
433 The Knight in Disguise
409 A Net to Snare the Moonlight
405 The Angel and the Clown
381 The Black Hawk War of the Artists
368 The Bankrupt Peace-Maker Comments and analysis of The Bankrupt Peace-Maker by Vachel Lindsay 1 Comment
335 Epilogue
70 The Leaden-Eyed Comments and analysis of The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay 283 Comments
59 The Queen of Bubbles
25 The Sorceress!
18 To Gloriana


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