Hail to the Poet-in-Chief!

Anne Spencer, the subject of last week’s post, was a gardener and librarian before she was a poet. Another Virginian who wrote poetry for his own personal satisfaction was our very own John Tyler! Yes, the tenth president of these United States was noted for his love of poetry. While he never sought to publish his poetry, he wrote poems before, during, and after his days in the White House.

Other presidents have tried their hand at poetry too. Barack Obama is one of the few presidents with published poetry. While in college, two of his poems were accepted and published in his college literary review (much like our own Sherwood Forest Literary Review). Founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison also wrote poems.

You can read more presidential poetry at https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/prespoetry/.

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