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Lincoln Poems


Though Lincoln's poetic nature is most evident in his speeches, he also took a turn at writing poetry. He was a great reader of poetry, counting William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, and Lord Byron among his favorites. Since his death, Lincoln has been immortalized by many of poetry’s leading voices, including Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg and Vachel Lindsay.  Below are a list of poems inspired by our 16th president.

On September 22, 2008 the ALBC recognized "Lincoln the poet." 

"Lincoln & Tad" by Frederic Mizen.  Collection of Lincoln Financial Foundation


Poems about Abraham Lincoln

Poems by Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln’s favorite Poems


Additional information on Lincoln and poetry can be found on the Library of Congress website, here.