Poems for President Lincoln

A Collection of Classic Poems to Mark Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Abraham Lincoln was the most poetic of American presidents—he wrote a few poems himself, his speeches are remembered today for their poetic power, and he was the object and inspiration of many, many poems. To commemorate the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth (now celebrated together with George Washington’s birthday as President’s Day), here is a sampling of the classic poems written about Lincoln:

  • Walt Whitman,
    “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” from Leaves of Grass (1867)