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Presidents as Poets: Poetry Written by United States Presidents

Created by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist

Whether it be the anguished love poems of a youthful George Washington, the religious poetry of John Quincy Adams, the melancholy verse of Abraham Lincoln, or the sturdy, plainspoken poems of Jimmy Carter, many presidents of the United States have turned to poetry at certain points in their lives as an outlet for their feelings and thoughts, or to explore the resources of the English language. Presidents as Poets: Poetry Written by United States Presidents is a guide to the poetic endeavors of U.S. presidents. Select a president from the list at the right to learn about the context in which his poetry was written and to find samples of his poetry.

 

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"My Childhood-Home I See Again" -- Page One  "My Childhood-Home I See Again" -- Page Two  "My Childhood-Home I See Again" -- Page Three  "My Childhood-Home I See Again" -- Page Four
Images of Abraham Lincoln's poem " "My Childhood-Home I See Again." Read more about Lincoln's poetry.

 

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