Sidney Clopton Lanier was an American musician, poet and author. He served in the Confederate States Army as a private, worked on a blockade-running ship for which he was imprisoned, taught, worked at a hotel where he gave musical performances, was a church organist, and worked as a lawyer. As a poet he sometimes, though not exclusively, used dialects. Many of his poems are written in heightened, but often archaic, American English. He became a flautist and sold poems to publications. He eventually became a professor of literature at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and is known for his adaptation of musical meter to poetry. Many schools, other structures and two lakes are named for him, and he became hailed in the South as the “poet of the Confederacy”. A 1972 US postage stamp honored him as an “American poet”.
|Born:||Sidney Clopton Lanier, February 3, 1842, Macon, Georgia|
|Died:||September 7, 1881, Lynn, North Carolina|
|Resting place:||Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Occupation:||Poet, musician, academic|
About Sidney Lanier
Southern poet, scholar, and musician whose best- known works include “The Marshes of Glynn,” “Sunrise,” and “The Song of the Chattahoochee.” His other works include travelogues and a series of compilations of English tales of chivalry.
He fought in the American Civil War as a member of the Confederate signal corps. He later became the organist at a Presbyterian church in Alabama.
He was an English professor at Johns Hopkins University and also served as first flautist in Baltimore, Maryland’s Peabody Orchestra.
He married Mary Day of Macon, Georgia in 1867. The couple had three sons.
He was a William Shakespeare scholar.
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