John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier was a famous American writer, a Quaker, and an important figure in the abolition of slavery.

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Whittier’s poems are patriotic, and many have been turned into hymns. “The Brewing of Soma,” his most famous poem, fervently demonstrates his Quaker ideal of universalism. Ives uses an excerpt of this poem in his song “Serenity.”

Whittier was also instrumental in the formation of the Republican party.

–Christie Finn

Related Information

Books

John Greenleaf Whittier: Selected Poems

By John Greenleaf Whittier

The Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier: A Readers’ Edition

By John Greenleaf Whittier

American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Vol. 1: Philip Freneau to Walt Whitman

By John Hollander, ed.

Songs

Sheet Music

114 Songs

Composer(s): Charles Ives

Free via IMSLP

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