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Thursday, May 1, 2014

POET PROFILE

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GEORGE MOSES HORTON
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(1798-1883)


Was born a slave on a plantation in North Carolina.  Horton lived as a slave for 66 years, becoming "free" with implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation.  He taught himself to read and in later years he soon learned to write.

Horton became a prolific writer, eventually publishing 150 poems or more. His subject matter included his bondage, love, religion, nature, the civil war, and the art of poetry.  

George Moses Horton was the first Black poet to be published in the South.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^for details on his remarkable life click on the following links poetryfoundation.org---poets.org

To read his collection of poems click on poemhunter.com

SEARCH HIS NAME ON EACH SITE!
**For additional tidbits, Google search his name.





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