William Cullen Bryant


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American poet, was for 50 years editor of the New York Evening Post. He received attention as a poet with his Wordsworthian blank verse meditation ‘Thanatopsis’, published 1817 in the North American Review, and confirmed his reputation with Poems (1821), which contains his well‐known ‘To a Waterfowl’, ‘The Yellow Violet’, and ‘Green River’. His Poems (1832) contains ‘The Death of the Flowers’ and ‘To the Fringed Gentian’. Although limited in range, his poetry has simplicity and dignity, and some delicate observations of the natural world.

Subjects: Literature.

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