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Henry Timrod

(8 December 1828 - 7 October 1867 / Charleston, South Carolina)

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Henry Timrod was an American poet, often called the poet laureate of the Confederacy.

Biography

Timrod was born on December 8, 1828, in Charleston, South Carolina, to a family of German descent. His grandfather Heinrich Dimroth emigrated to the United States in 1765 and Anglicized his name. His father was an officer in the Seminole Wars and a poet himself. The elder Timrod died on July 28, 1838, at the age of 44; his son was nine. A few years later, their home burned down, leaving the family impoverished.

Timrod studied at the University of Georgia beginning in 1847 with the help of a financial benefactor. He was soon forced by illness to end his ... more »

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  • Shall the Spring dawn, and she still clad in smiles,
    And with an unscathed brow,
    Rest in the strong arms of her palm-crowned isles,
    As fair and free as now?

    We know...
    Henry Timrod (1828-1867), U.S. poet. Charleston (l. 37-44). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford Universit...
  • ''Calm as that second summer which precedes
    The first fall of the snow,
    In the broad sunlight of heroic deeds,
    The City bides the foe.''
    Henry Timrod (1828-1867), U.S. poet. Charleston (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University ...
  • What if, both mad and blinded in their rage,
    Our foes should fling us down their mortal gage,
    And with a hostile step profane our sod!
    We shall not shrink, my brothers, but go for...
    Henry Timrod (1828-1867), U.S. poet. Ethnogenesis (l. 36-39). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford Univers...
  • ''Sleep sweetly in your humble graves,
    Sleep, martyrs of a fallen cause;
    Though yet no marble column craves
    The pilgrim here to pause.''
    Henry Timrod (1828-1867), U.S. poet. Sleep sweetly in your humble graves (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. ...
  • ''Stoop, angels, hither from the skies!
    There is no holier spot of ground
    Than where defeated valor lies,
    By mourning beauty crowned!''
    Henry Timrod (1828-1867), U.S. poet. Sleep sweetly in your humble graves (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed...
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