Poetry by John Greenleaf Whittier

Poetry by John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier- 1807-1892

John Greenleaf Whittier
November 25, 1885

John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 – September 7, 1892), often listed as one of the Fireside Poets, was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Enjoy Whittier’s poetry available from Excellence in Literature:

“Massachusetts to Virginia”

“For Righteousness’ Sake”

“Laus Deo”

“The Pumpkin”

Last, but not least, Whittier has the honor of being mocked (along with other renowned writers) in “A Fable for Critics” by James Russell Lowell.


To learn more about Whittier’s life, you can read his biography from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, available here on our site.