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Indian Burying Ground


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Poem by Freneau, published in his Miscellaneous Works (1788). In ten iambic tetrameter quatrains, it portrays sympathetically the spirit of the nomadic Indian hunters, who were traditionally buried in a sitting posture and with images of the objects they knew in life. Freneau's treatment of the immortal “children of the forest” appealed strongly to Scott and Thomas Campbell, who echoed his images in their poetry.

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