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Selected Poetry of William Vaughn Moody (1869-1910)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Are we the eagle nation Milton saw
Mewing its mighty youth,
Soon to possess the mountain winds of truth,
And be a swift familiar of the sun
Where aye before God's face his trumpets run?
        (An Ode in Time of Hesitation, 172-176)
  1. An Ode in Time of Hesitation

Notes on Life and Works

William Vaughn Moody was born on July 8, 1869, in Spenser, Indiana, and his family moved in 1871 to New Albany. He obtained his B.A. (1893) and M.A. (1894) at Harvard University, where he became co-editor of the Harvard Monthly, and joined its English Department in the 1894-95 academic year as assistant to Louis E. Gates. Moody lectured at the University of Chicago in 1895 and stayed there until 1907 when, having risen to Assistant Professor, he left academe to write poetry. By then he had published three verse plays, The Masque of Judgment (1900), The Fire-Bringer (1904), and The Great Divide (1907), one volume of poems (1901), an edition of Milton's works (1899), and a history of English literature (1907). 1908 earned him a D. Litt. at Yale University and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Moody married Harriet C. Brainerd on May 7, 1909, and died in Colorado Springs on Oct. 17, 1910.

Biographical information

Given name: William Vaughn
Family name: Moody
Birth date: 8 July 1869
Death date: 17 October 1910
Nationality: American
Family relations
          husband: Harriet C. Moody
          Harvard University (B.A.): 1889 to 1893
          Harvard University (M.A.): 1893 to 1894
          Yale University (D. Litt.) to 1908
Honour: American Academy of Arts and Letters member: 1908
          Colorado Springs to 1907
          Spenser, Indiana: 1869 to 1871
          New Albany: 1871
          Cambridge, Mass.: 1889 to 1895
          Chicago: 1895 to 1907
First RPO edition: 2001