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Poets on the Side of Freedom

The chief American poets, like the true poets of all ages, are on the side of freedom and heartily opposed to Slavery. They whose voice will be familiar to our posterity when the “great speeches” of many an eloquent orator of the day are forgotten, are known to be Free Soilers; and some of them among the most active and zealous members of the party. In this connection, we may venture to name Bryant, Dana, Emerson, Longfellow, Lowell, Pierpont and Whittier; all of whom vote with the Free Soilers, while two or three of them are, or have been, editors of Free Soil papers.

On the other hand we can recall the names of but two hunker poets of much note, Mr. George Lunt, and Mr. Eugene Batchelder. Mr. Lunt is the author of the “Age of Gold” and other poems; Mr. Batchelder of “A Romance of the Sea Serpent,” and of various songs and odes. He is also the author of the first Scott song. They are both young men of promise, though, as a poet, we think Mr. Batchelder is the most popular, and perhaps the most highly esteemed by the critics. Mr. Lunt, however, has achieved considerable reputation in the scientific world as the author of a new theory of colors, based, we believe, on two curious and important facts which he was the first to make known to the world. These are in substance, – that a black man when frightened, grows light-complexioned, and that a black coat looks white in the sunshine.

– Commonwealth.

Collection: African American Newspapers
Publication: Frederick Douglass Paper
Date: November 6, 1851
Title: The Poets (American)

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