Clarke, McDonald


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(1798–1842), “the mad poet” of Broadway, was befriended by Halleck, who made him the subject of his humorous poem The Discarded. Clarke is remembered for the couplet, “Now twilight lets her curtain down And pins it with a star.” One volume containing verse was Elixir of Moonshine by the Mad Poet (1822).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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