The phrase “’Twas the night before Christmas,” from Clement Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” is familiar to most of us, but less familiar is the poem, “The Night after Christmas,” written by Dr. Robert Archer. Archer, born in 1794 in Norfolk, Virginia, wrote the parody for his granddaughter in 1866. The poem describes the aftermath of the visit from “Old Santa Claus,” showing the disastrous effects of overindulgence:...
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Poet T.S. Eliot published The Waste Land, a sprawling, difficult, and influential 434-line Modernist poem.
This anonymous poem, “A Farewell Ode to Emigrants on Their Journey to America,” written in 1853 from the perspective of someone who stayed in Norway, illuminates the reasons some left Norway and praises the wonders of America.