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external image 3star.gif I am unjust, but I can strive for justice. My life's unkind, but I can vote for kindness. I, the unloving, say life should be lovely. I, that am blind, cry out against my blindness"


Vachel lindsay-(1879-1931)American "Folk" poet is best known for his poems about Johnny Appleseed and for "The Congo" which uses syncopacted jazz rythms. Poet, idealist, troubador, - was sometimes called Springfields "Second most famous" son. He was born in Springfield in 1879 and always considered the capitol city his home. Vachel Lindsay was an american poet he wrote poetry fundamentally as a performance. Lindsay's peformances of his poetry were legendary Lindsays life was dedicated to the arts and was consumed, in various ways, by travel.As a young man he studied art in Chicago, New York, and later he returned to poetry as a career.He continued his dual commitment to drawing and poetry by illustrating many of his books. lincolnThe poets career declined during the 1920's. He began to believe that people were only impressed with his powerful performances, not the poetry itself.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.Vachel was one of the disarming people, very good person, and one of the real kind genius, he was a little strange about him, someting lofty he would do some crazy things without trying to. Vachell was just crazy on his own right , he did the strangest things. Vachel Lindsay had been from Springfield, Illinois. It didnt play a role because his parents wanted him to be a doctor,and Vachel didn't think it was his thing. Lindsay felt poetry could speak of every kind of experience, including war. His style was dramatic. Vachel Lindsay had became famous in his day as a traveling bard whose dramatic delivery in public readings helped keep appreciation for poetry as a spoken art alive in the American-Midwest.

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Links

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/lindsay/performer.htm

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/vachel-lindsay

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/lindsay/performer.htm

http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/vachel_lindsay/biography

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Vachel_Lindsay.aspx



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By the Spring, at Sunset









Sometimes we remember kisses,

Remember the dear heart-leap when they came:

Not always, but sometimes we remember

The kindness, the dumbness, the good flame

Of laughter and farewell.

Beside the road

Afar from those who said "Good-by" I write,

Far from my city task, my lawful load.

Sun in my face, wind beside my shoulder,

Streaming clouds, banners of new-born night

Enchant me now. The splendors growing bolder

Make bold my soul for some new wise delight.

I write the day's event, and quench my drouth,

Pausing beside the spring with happy mind.

And now I feel those kisses on my mouth,

Hers most of all, one little friend most kind.

Vachel Lindsay


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My Reflection : -  One of Vachel Lindsay well known poems was A Curse for Kings The poem is very interesting. I like how the poem begins with saying "A curse upon a king who leads his state"; it reminds me of when of when I seen a movie called "Avalon High", & how it talks about a king and how it leads others to victory. Another good poem would be By the Spring, at Sunset he brings what comes to his mind when he was in love and the beauty of sunshine , and warmth & kindness, what strikes me the most was "the kindness, the dumbness, the good flame of laughter and farewell." i like how i can connect to "Sun in my face, wind beside my shoulder, streaming clouds banners of new born night, Enchant me now." i can connect to the part because it reminds me of the summer when it was sunny outside and i would walk outside with pride to hang out with my friends. this poem can relate to Vachel Lindsays personality because he had wrote peoms as a fundamentally performance. I like the beginning it starts off saying "Sometimes we remeber kisses" as if you would remind yourself off the special kisses. Next when it says "remember the dear heart-leap when they came. This explains that remember those special momments when they came into your life. Basically through the rest of the whole poem it strikes out all the good experiences and actions you remember when your in love. i got a little cinfused when on the 7th & 8th line on what Vachel Lindsay was trying to explain, but i understood it when i connected it to the next stanza. I can connect to the part when "And now i feel those kisses on my mouth, Hers most of all, one little friend most kind." when i read this sentence an image came up in my head of when your in love you feel those kisses of your girlfriend and its kindness is all you remeber most of all. In general the poem can connect to how Vachel Lindsays life was deadicated to art and it exlains the arts of love, nature, and warmth.

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The Lion - "The Lion is a kingly beast. He likes a Hindu for a feast. And if no Hindu he can get, The lion family is upset. He cuffs his wife and bites her ears Till she is nearly moved with tears. Then some explorer finds the den, And all is family peace again."

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A poem I really like from Vachel Lindsay is called The Lion - "The Lion is a kingly beast. He likes a Hindu for a feast. And if no Hindu he can get, The lion family is upset. He cuffs his wife and bites her ears Till she is nearly moved with tears. Then some explorer finds the den And all is family peace again." The reason why I like this poem is because it reminds me of the movie called "Lion King" because it talks about lions & feasting, just like the poem does. This poem talks about a Lion feasting on Hindu's, but one day he can't find any so he starves till the point where he actually feeds on his mate. Then one day an explorer comes and then everything starts to calm down again. Lindsay's poems are all random but interesting, which is what I look for in a poem; this is what I like about him.