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The Founder of American Poetry, Edward Taylor

Edward Taylor is one of the most famous poets of New England; he was the American poet, pastor, and doctor. However, his works weren't famous until the 20th century. Taylor was born in Sketchley in 1644; his father was a yeoman. Taylors were puritans; that is why after they refused to sign The Act of Uniformity in 1662, they had to immigrate to the North America. In 1668, Edward Taylor went to New England. The man got an education in the Harvard College, and like the most priests who studied in this university, he knew Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. Taylor, as the religious and loyal person, became a priest in a border town Westfield, which was surrounded by forests and located in 160 km from the nearest settlement. Taylor was the most educated person in the district. He used his knowledge to treat people and to manage the town. Edward Taylor was modest and hardworking. In 1674, Taylor married Elizabeth Fitch, who gave him eight children. Unfortunately, five of them died in the childhood. Elizabeth didn`t resist this horrible situation and died in 1689; Taylor married Ruth Willis and she gave him six children. Edward Taylor had an attraction to the science and had a big library, which included near 200 books.

Edward Taylor wrote the variety of papers: the elegy on the death of various persons, lyric poems, and medieval "debate". He also started to write a big poem, which was about Christianity; it has 2000 lines and untitled. One of the most famous his verses is The Joy of Church Fellowship Rightly Attended, which illustrates happy people that are going on the couch to the heaven, and who are not members of the church. Apparently, Huswifery is the most famous his poetry; the author tells about the structure of the puritanical church in verses. In the end of the life, Edward Taylor was sick and died on 24 June 1729. His grave is located in the old burying ground at Westfield. Edward Taylor didn`t want his verses to be published and collected all his poems in the leather-bound manuscripts. He forbade the descendants to publish them. However, in 1883, Henry W. Taylor gave the manuscript to Yale University. In 1937 they were found by Thomas Johnson. In 1937, the several poems were printed in a magazine, and in 1939 The Selected Poems were published. Finally, all his works were published in 1960.

Edward Taylor is one of the most famous poets of New England; he was the American poet, pastor, and doctor. However, his works weren't famous until the 20th century. Taylor was born in Sketchley in 1644; his father was a yeoman. Taylors were puritans; that is why after they refused to sign The Act of Uniformity in 1662, they had to immigrate to the North America.

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