Joel Barlow

(24 March 1754 – 26 December 1812 / Redding, Connecticut)

Joel Barlow
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Joel Barlow was an American poet, diplomat and politician.In his own time, Barlow was well known for the epic Vision of Columbus. Modern readers may be more familiar with "The Hasty Pudding" (1793). He also partly drafted the Treaty of Tripoli, which includes the controversial and disputed phrase: "...the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion...".

Biography

Barlow was born in Redding, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He briefly attended Dartmouth College before graduating from Yale University in 1778, where he was also a post-graduate student for two years. In 1778, he published an anti-slavery poem ... more »

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  • No Raven's wing can stretch the flight so far
    As the torn bandrols of Napoleon's war.
    Choose then your climate, fix your best abode,
    He'll make you deserts and he'll bring you blo...
    Joel Barlow (1754-1812), U.S. poet, politician. Advice to a Raven in Russia, December, 1812 (l. 29-37). . . Norton Anthology of American Literatur...
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