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William Haines Lytle

William Haines Lytle Poetry American History Biographies Nineteenth Century Life

William Haines Lytle was born in Cincinnati, November 2, 1826. He:

  • Served in the Mexican war as a Captain;
  • Became a member of the Ohio Legislature;
  • Ran for Lieutenaut-Governor, of Ohio, in 1857;
  • Was a Major-General of the Ohio militia;
  • Commanded the Fourth Ohio Regiment in General O.M. Mitchel's brigade in the civil war; and

His poem, Antony and Cleopatra, was oft-quoted in mid-to-late-nineteenth-century America. 

W. H. Venable has additional observations about Lytle and his work:

Illustrious in arms, this well-loved Ohio hero is also admired in the field of letters. His best poem, 'Anthony and Cleopatra,' seems to be booked for immortality.

Periodically, it goes the rounds of the newspaper press as an 'old favorite,' having about it that indescribable quality of sustained excellence which marks it as permanently acceptable to the muse.

Both the imagination and the ear of the critic must grant that there is melody, verve, dramatic vividness, and bold imagery in every stanza of the six which make up this fine lyric... (See W. H. Venable, Beginnings of Literary Culture in the Ohio Valley: Historical and Biographical Sketches, published by Robert Clarke & Co., in Cincinnati, during 1891, at page 284.)

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Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jul 17, 2019


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Photo, Library of Congress.

Information and quotes, W. H. Venable, Beginnings of Literary Culture in the Ohio Valley: Historical and Biographical Sketches, (Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1891) - page 284.

 

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