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Whittier, John Greenleaf (the Poet Laureate of Abolitionism)

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Born: 1807 AD
Died: 1892 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Poets, Writers

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1807 - John Greenleaf Whittier, America's "Quaker poet" of freedom, faith and the sentiment of the common people, was born in a Merrimack Valley farmhouse, Haverhill, Massachusetts, on the 17th of December.

1831 - Hartford Whittier issued in prose and verse his first book, Legends of New England, and edited the writings of the poet John Gardiner C. Brainard.

1836 - Mogg Megone was his first book, a crude attempt to apply the manner of Sir Walter Scott's romantic cantos to a native theme.

1837 - The first collection of Whittier's lyrics was the Poems written during the Progress of the Abolition Question in the United States, issued by a friend.

1843-1860 - Among his other lyrical volumes, of dates earlier than the Civil War, were Lays of my Home, Voices of Freedom, Songs of Labor, The Chapel of the Hermits, The Panorama and  Home Ballads.

1863-1865 - The titles of In War Time and National Lyrics rightly designate the patriotic rather than Tyrtaean contents of these books.

1866-1890 - His repute became national with the welcome awarded to Snow-Bound, and brought a corresponding material reward. Of his later books of verse may be mentioned The Tent on the Beach, The Pennsylvania Pilgrim, The Vision of Echard, The King's Missive, At Sundown, his last poems.

1892 - Died on September 7th in Hampton Falls.

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