Stephen Vincent Benet (1898 - 1943 / Pennsylvania / United States)
Stephen Vincent Benét was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, into an army family. His father, Colonel J. Walker Benét, served as a commanding officer of ordinance posts in California and Georgia. Frances Neill (Rose) Benét, Stephen's mother, was a descendant of an old Kentucky military family. Because his father was an avid reader, Benét grew up in home, where reading literature was valued and enjoyed.
At the age about ten, Benét was sent to the Hitchcock Military Academy. He did not like the brutality of the school and later wrote about it in his poem about Shelley at Eton: "His pile of books scattered about his feet, / Stood Shelley while two others held him fast, / And the clods... more »
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''I have fallen in love with American names,''Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. poet. American Names (l. 1). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford ...
''Seine and Piave are silver spoons,Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. poet. American Names (l. 6-7). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxfor...
But the spoonbowl-metal is thin and worn,''
''I am tired of loving a foreign muse.''Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. poet. American Names (l. 20). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford...
Lincoln, six feet one in his stocking feet,Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. novelist, poet. John Brown's Body (1928).
The lank man, knotty and tough as a hickory rail,
Whose hands were always too big for white-kid gloves,
Whose wit was a coonskin sack o...