Stephen Vincent Benét Poems

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Stephen Vincent Benét
Stephen Vincent Benét (July 22, 1898 – March 13, 1943) was an American author, 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 won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929, and for two short stories, "The Devil and Daniel Webster" and "By the Waters of Babylon". Benet's fantasy short story The Devil and Daniel Webster won an O. Henry Award, and he furnished the material for a one-act opera by Douglas Moore. The story was filmed in 1941 and shown originally under the title All That Money Can Buy. Benét was born into an Army family in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania, near Bethlehem in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. He spent most of his boyhood in Benicia, California. At the age of about ten, Benét was sent to the Hitchcock Military Academy. A graduate of The Albany Academy in Albany, New York and Yale University, where he was a member of Wolf's Head Society and the power behind the Yale Lit, according to Thornton Wilder.

My friend went to the piano; spun the stool
A little higher; left his pipe to cool;
Picked... [read poem]
winged man
The moon, a sweeping scimitar, dipped in the stormy straits,
The dawn, a crimson cataract, burs... [read poem]
what father knows
My father knows the proper way
The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day... [read poem]
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