Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn

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Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn (February 4, 1876 – April 4, 1959)[1] was a poet associated with the American Naturalist literary movement. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Cleghorn spent much of her early childhood in Minnesota and Wisconsin before moving to Vermont at age 9 after the death of her mother. She remained there for the majority of her life until her death in Philadelphia in 1959.

Cleghorn's poetry is largely didactic in nature, serving to illustrate Christian Socialist values and progressive political and social principles. Her most widely known poem "The Golf Links" is an ironic and satirical look at child labor. Her first volume of poetry, Portraits and Protests was published in 1917 and her second, Peace and Freedom in 1945. Her autobiography, published in 1936, was prefaced with an introduction by Robert Frost.

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  • Gioia, Dana, David Hilary Mason, Meg Schoerke, eds. Twentieth-Century American Poetry. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2004. pp 75–76.

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  1. ^ "Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn." Almanac of Famous People. Gale, 2011. Biography In Context. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.

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