Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier

1842 - 1881

Southern poet Sidney Lanier was drawn to music as well as literature. He served in the Confederate Army and was capture and imprisoned, leading to tuberculosis that caused health problems for the rest of his life.

Source: The Academy of American Poets


Lanier's best-known poems are “The Song of the Chattahoochee," "A Song of Love," and "The Marshes of Glynn."

His works are collected in a single volume, and have been set by American composers including George Chadwick, Charles Griffes, Grace W. Root, and, more recently, Bruce Trinkley.

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