"The Eagle that is Forgotten" and "The Congo" are two of his best-known

poems, and appear in his first two volumes of verse, "General William

Booth Enters into Heaven" (1913) and "The Congo" (1914).

Lindsay himself considered his drawings and his prose writings to be as

important as his verse, all coming together to form a whole. His

"Collected Poems" (1925) gives a good selection.


From an anthology of verse by Jessie B. Rittenhouse (1913, 1917):

"Lindsay, Vachel. Born November 10, 1879. Educated at Hiram College,

Ohio. He took up the study of art and studied at the Art Institute,

Chicago, 1900-03 and at the New York School of Art, 1904-05. For a time

after his technical study, he lectured upon art in its practical

relation to the community, and returning to his home in Springfield,

Illinois, issued what one might term his manifesto in the shape of "The

Village Magazine", divided about equally between prose articles,

pertaining to beautifying his native city, and poems, illustrated by his

own drawings. Soon after this, Mr. Lindsay, taking as scrip for the

journey, "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread", made a pilgrimage on foot

through several Western States going as far afield as New Mexico. The

story of this journey is given in his volume, "Adventures while

Preaching the Gospel of Beauty". Mr. Lindsay first attracted attention

in poetry by "General William Booth Enters into Heaven", a poem which

became the title of his first volume, in 1913. His second volume was

"The Congo", published in 1914. He is attempting to restore to poetry

its early appeal as a spoken art, and his later work differs greatly

from the selections contained in this anthology."

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