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September 05, 1999

Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

American poetVachel Lindsay believed it wasn't enough just to write poetry -- a poet needed to read it as well.

Committed to reviving poetry as an oral art form of the common people, Lindsay wrote and read compositions with powerful rhythms that had immediate appeal. Among the 20 or so poems that audiences demanded to hear were "General Booth Enters into Heaven," "The Congo" and "The Santa Fe Trail."

Lindsay's popularity declined during the 1920s. He committed suicide by drinking poison.

-- Encyclopedia Britannica Online

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