Who is Stephen Vincent Benet

Stephen Vincent Benét (July 22, 1898 – March 13, 1943) was an American poet, short story writer, and novelist. He is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American Civil War, John Brown's Body (1928), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and for the short stories "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (1936) and "By the Waters of Babylon" (1937). In 2009, Library of America selected his story "The King of the Cats" (1929) for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American Fantastic Tales edited by Peter Straub.

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Early life

Benét was born on July 22, 1898 in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania to James Walker Benét, a colonel in the United States Army. Hi...
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Stephen Vincent Benet Poems

  • Campus Sonnets: 1. Before An Examination
    The little letters dance across the page,
    Flaunt and retire, and trick the tired eyes;
    Sick of the strain, the glaring light, I rise
    Yawning and stretching, full of empty rage ...
  • Campus Sonnets: 3. May Morning
    I lie stretched out upon the window-seat
    And doze, and read a page or two, and doze,
    And feel the air like water on me close,
    Great waves of sunny air that lip and beat ...
  • Colors - For D. M. C
    The little man with the vague beard and guise
    Pulled at the wicket. "Come inside!" he said,
    "I'll show you all we've got now -- it was size
    You wanted? -- oh, dry colors! Well" -- he led ...
  • The Hemp - A Virginia Legend
    The Planting of the Hemp.


    Captain Hawk scourged clean the seas ...
  • Campus Sonnets: 2. Talk
    Tobacco smoke drifts up to the dim ceiling
    From half a dozen pipes and cigarettes,
    Curling in endless shapes, in blue rings wheeling,
    As formless as our talk. Phil, drawling, bets ...
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Attnfrancis: i've been thinking about this poem by stephen vincent benét recently
Gyoung9751: thought for the day by stephen vincent benet - maureen doallas at writing without paper
Harveyjkaye: poet/playwright stephen vincent benét answered fascist assertions that “democracy is dead and finished” and fascism “is the wave of the future” with the declaration, “freedom . . . is new,” “democracy . . . goes forward,” indeed, “democracy is the revolution.” (nov 20, 1940)
Gamboaescobedo1: urbana ,illinois april ,1970 dee brown i shall not be there . i shall rise and pass . bury my heart at wounded knee . ——stephen vincent benet
Jeremy_boypoet: ghosts of a lunatic asylum by stephen vincent benet
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The Three Bares
 by Robert Service

Ma tried to wash her garden slacks but couldn't get 'em clean
And so she thought she'd soak 'em in a bucket o' benzine.
It worked all right. She wrung 'em out then wondered what she'd do
With all that bucket load of high explosive residue.
She knew that it was dangerous to scatter it around,
For Grandpa liked to throw his lighted matches on the ground.
Somehow she didn't dare to pour it down the kitchen sink,
And what the heck to do with it, poor Ma jest couldn't think.
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