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Personal and Occasional Poems, the Tent on the Beach, and at Sundown John Greenleaf Whittier

Personal and Occasional Poems, the Tent on the Beach, and at Sundown

John Greenleaf Whittier

Published January 23rd 2009
ISBN : 9781406596595
Paperback
312 pages
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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Although he received little formal education, he was an avid reader who studied his fathers six booksMoreJohn Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Although he received little formal education, he was an avid reader who studied his fathers six books on Quakerism until their teachings became the foundation of his ideology. He was heavily influenced by the doctrines of his religion, particularly its stress on humanitarianism, compassion, and social responsibility. First introduced to poetry by a teacher, Whittier published his first poem in 1826 in William Lloyd Garrisons Newburyport Free Press. In June of 1833, he published the antislavery pamphlet Justice and Expediency, and from there dedicated the next twenty years of his life to the abolitionist cause. He was editor of The National Era- one of the most influential abolitionist newspapers in the North. For the next ten years it featured the best of his writing, both as prose and poetry.