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William Bryant

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Robert Spicer

on 20 April 2010

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William Cullen Bryant 1794-1878 Romantic Poet Thanatopsis To a Waterfowl Was born on November 3, 1794 in a log cabin near Cummington, Massachusetts


In 1825, Bryant was hired as editor, first of The New York Review, the of the United States Review and Literary Gazette. Wrote Thanatopsis, his most famous poem in 1811. His poetry has been described as being "of a thoughtful, meditative character, and makes but slight appeal to the mass of readers." Published "To a Waterfowl" in 1821. Bryant and his family moved to a new home, The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, when he was two years old. Bryant became assistant editor of the New York Evening Post, a newspaper that was founded by Alexander Hamilton. In his last decade, he shifted from writng his own poetry to translating Homer. He is remembered as one of the principal authorities on homeopathy and as a hymnist for the Unitarian church. Bryant died in 1878 of complications from an accidental fall suffered after participating in a Central Park ceremony honoring Italian patriot, Giuseppe Mazzani.
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