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[This electronic text was transcribed from a reprint of the original edition,

which was first published in New York, in September, 1914.

Due to a great deal of irregularity between titles in the table of contents

and in the text of the original, there are some slight differences

from the original in these matters -- with the more complete titles

replacing cropped ones. In one case they are different enough

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about both these titles is that there are actually twenty-TWO moon poems.]

The Congo and Other Poems

By Vachel Lindsay

With an introduction by

Harriet Monroe

Editor of "Poetry"

Introduction. By Harriet Monroe

When `Poetry, A Magazine of Verse', was first published in Chicago

in the autumn of 1912, an Illinois poet, Vachel Lindsay,

was, quite appropriately, one of its first discoveries.

It may be not quite without significance that the issue of January, 1913,

which led off with `General William Booth Enters into Heaven',

immediately followed the number in which the great poet of Bengal,

Rabindra Nath Tagore, was first presented to the American public,

and that these two antipodal poets soon appeared in person among the earliest

visitors to the editor. For the coming together of East and West

may prove to be the great event of the approaching era,

and if the poetry of the now famous Bengali laureate

garners the richest wisdom and highest spirituality of his ancient race,

so one may venture to believe that the young Illinois troubadour

brings from Lincoln's city an authentic strain of the lyric message

of this newer world.

It is hardly necessary, perhaps, to mention Mr. Lindsay's loyalty

to the people of his place and hour, or the training in sympathy

with their aims and ideals which he has achieved through

vagabondish wanderings in the Middle West. And we may permit time

to decide how far he expresses their emotion. But it may be opportune

to emphasize his plea for poetry as a song art, an art appealing to the ear

rather than the eye. The first section of this volume is especially an effort

to restore poetry to its proper place -- the audience-chamber,

and take it out of the library, the closet. In the library it has become,

so far as the people are concerned, almost a lost art,

and perhaps it can be restored to the people only through

a renewal of its appeal to the ear.

I am tempted to quote from Mr. Lindsay's explanatory note

which accompanied three of these poems when they were first printed

in `Poetry'. He said:

"Mr. Yeats asked me recently in Chicago, `What are we going to do

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