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Inspired by Nature Known as the Quaker Poet the majority of Whittiers work revolved around around the harsh New England farm life with which he was familiar with Whittier grew up on the Massachusetts farm of his Quaker family His first poem published in a local paper when he was fourteen attracted the attention of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison who urged the boy to pursue his education Though the family had long suffered in poverty Whittier managed to put himself through two years of school at the Haverhill Academy In his twenties Whittier began editing regional newspapers He served one term in the Massachusetts legislature 1835 and was one of the founding leaders of the antislavery Liberty Party in 1839 Throughout the 1830s 1840s and 1850s he continued his newspaper work editing several abolitionist papers in a time before the antislavery movement was generally favored in the North At the same time he wrote prose and poetry about his own rural region collected in such volumes as Legends of New England 1831 and Lays of My Home 1843 Whittiers reputation received a boost in 1857 when the new Atlantic Monthly started to publish his poems and humorous tales His long poem Snow-Bound 1866 ensured Whittiers fame and financial well-being for the remaining years of his life Although his early life was one of relative hardship and isolation his constant exposure to the wonders of nature gave him a poets appreciation for the beauties of the world around him said famous americans an internet biography site John uses New Englands nature as a setting and often theme for a majority of his poems Snow Bound is an idyllic picture of his boyhood home In his poem he skillfully paints an image in our head with his words He wrote in a time when nature was very prevalent in the survival of man This time required life on shore fishing as New England is famous for
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