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Richard Henry Stoddard

(1825-1903 / USA)

Richard Henry Stoddard
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Richard Henry Stoddard was an American critic and poet. He was born on July 2, 1825, in Hingham, Massachusetts. His father, a sea-captain, was wrecked and lost on one of his voyages while Richard was a child, and the lad went in 1835 to New York City with his mother, who had married again. He attended the public schools of that city. He became a blacksmith and later an iron moulder, reading much poetry at the same time. In 1849 he gave up his industrial trades and began to write for a living. He contributed to the Union Magazine, the Knickerbocker Magazine, Putnam's Monthly Magazine and the New York Evening Post. In 1853 Nathaniel Hawthorne helped him to secure the appointment of inspector ... more »

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  • ''One of the People! Born to be
    Their curious epitome;
    To share yet rise above
    Their shifting hate and love.''
    Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903), U.S. poet, critic. Abraham Lincoln (l. 113-116). . . Our Holidays in Poetry. Mildred P. Harrington and Josephi...
  • ''Cursed be the hand that fired the shot,
    The frenzied brain that hatched the plot,
    Thy country's Father slain
    By thee, thou worse than Cain!''
    Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903), U.S. poet, critic. Abraham Lincoln (l. 77-80). . . Our Holidays in Poetry. Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine...
  • ''Go, grandly borne, with such a train
    As greatest kings might die to gain.
    The just, the wise, the brave,
    Attend thee to the grave.''
    Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903), U.S. poet, critic. QAbraham Lincoln (l. 133-136). . . Our Holidays in Poetry. Mildred P. Harrington and Joseph...
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