Themes Of The Fireside Poets

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Common Themes in the Works of the Fireside Poets In the time of the early 1800s, our country 's southern plantation businesses relied heavily on the producing and exporting of raw materials. The slaves of the south, in this era, were the backbone for producing the crop. The Triangular Slave Trade assisted with the supply of slaves here. Slavery ?seemed? fantabulous in the south, but morally incorrect. Abolitionist like Frederick Douglass were steadily rising. Authors started ascending and gaining fame for this country for the first time. The poets started receiving as much fame as the Europeans across the sea. Although the Fireside Poets were the first American poets to gain tremendous fame in the early 1800s, they have inscribed deep themes within their poetry that are strongly felt today. Whittier, one of the most famous Fireside Poets, grew up on a ?little frugal farm,?[endnoteRef:1] when he was a young boy. He had an average education when he started out writing poetry. One of his first lines of poetry was put into, ?The Free Press,? newspaper which was owned by William Lloyd Garrison, an Abolitionist. Back in 1833, Wittier decided to join the Abolitionist movement. He was highly criticized, but continued to make poetry. He inscribed his Abolitionist views into many pieces of his poetry with some nature point of views.[endnoteRef:2] [1: Riordan, F. Josie Poems of Whittier (New York: Collier, 1902) 1.] [2: Riordan 2.]

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