Joel Barlow: Contribution as American Author

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      Joel Barlow (1754-1826), a member of a Pro-Federalist group known as “Connecticut Wits”, became estranged from the political group. He was born in Redding, Connecticut. He Dartmouth College and in 1774 he was transferred In Vale where he met others of the Wits with whose Calvinism and aristocratic politics he was much Nyinpathized. After the Revolutionary War, he served as a chaplain for the third Massachusetts brigade. He founded The American Mercury with Elisha Blackcock. First, he Nludied Law and entered the bar in 1786. Throughout his period he maintained his contact with the Wits and was intrigued to their most notable production. He also exempted literary works, for example - the American epic The Vision of Columbus (1787) and the Columbiad (1807). Alike Dwight, Barlow was a member of Pro-Federalist group like the ‘Connecticut Wits’.

      Barlow traveled extensively and wrote a lot of rhythmical strain with pain. His works included a large number of patriotic poems and poems attacking the monarchism and imperialism of the Europe. His most anthologized poem is “The Hasty Pudding: A Poem in Three Cantos”, work about the home thoughts from aboard that praises Yankee virtues, by celebrating peculiarly Yankee meal. The Columbiad is much revised version of The Vision of Columbus was his at a great work. He was not the first to write an American epic. Even the congenitally a cautious and skeptical, John Adams would think of a thing - “I hope to live to see our young America in Possession of a heroic poem”. This was the first major attempt to realize this ambition of many earlier writers.

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