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The Fireside Poets
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''We watched the first red blaze appear, A
Heard the sharp crackle, caught the gleam B
On whitewashed wall and sagging beam, B
Until the old, rude-furnished room C
Burst, flower-like, into rosy bloom; C
While radiant with a mimic flame D
Outside the sparkling drift became, D
And through the bare-boughed lilac-tree E
Our own warm hearth seemed blazing free. E
--from Snow-bound, John Greenleaf Whittier'' (poets.org, Par 1)
Rhyme Scheme, Imagery-first line, End Rhyme, Enjambment. Created during the revolutionary period They influenced Matthew Pearl who published his novel
The Dante Club in 2003. The poets' primary subjects were the domestic life, mythology, and politics of the United States, in which several of the poets were directly involved. The Fireside Poets did not write for the sake of other poets; they wrote for the common people. They meant to have their stories told for families. This influenced many americans today. Families would gather around fires to listen to poets. Oliver_Wendell_Holmes
(August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author. Regarded by his peers as one of the best writers of the 19th century, he is considered a member of the Fireside Poets. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). He is also recognized as an important medical reformer.
(wikipedia.org, par 1) James Russell Lowell
February 22, 1819 – August 12, 1891) was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside. (wikipedia.org, par 1) John_Greenleaf_Whittier
(December 17, 1807 – September 7, 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. Whittier was strongly influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Highly regarded in his lifetime and for a period thereafter, he is now remembered for his poem Snow-Bound, and the words of the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, from his poem "The Brewing of Soma", sung to music by Hubert Parry. (wikipedia.org, par 1) William_Cullen_Bryant
(November 3, 1794 – June 12, 1878) was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.
(wikipedia.org, par 1) Here are some of the famous fireside poets during this time period. Henry_wasdworth_longfellow
(February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets.
(wikipedia.org, par 1) These men would write about home life, mythology, politics, and legends of America (Fireside Poets). They wrote not for themselves, but for the common people. The style of writing the men would use: rhyme scheme and cadences, made their poems popular for homes and school classrooms. (studying america.com, par4)
Many of the characteristics of writing came from this group. The Fireside Poets Important work of the Fireside Poets
Some of the best-known poets of this period have been classed he "Fireseide Poets," so named probably because of the congeniality and gentle persuasiveness of their finest verse.
These poets: Longfellow, Lowell, Whittier, and Holmes
All from New England, they celebrated the virtues of home, family, and democracy. In their best verse, they display a simple diction, a courageous love of freedom, and a keen eye for natural beauties of heir eastern locale. Writings of the long-lived Fireside Poets, like these poets own lives, spanned the century. Works such as Snowbound and "The Chambered Nautilus," which were written after the National Period, have been included in this unit since they reflect the spirit of the era.