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1864. Our Heroic Themes. 1865. Konigsmark: The Legend of the Hounds and Other Poems. 1869. The Book of the Dead: Poems. 1882. Sonnets: A Sequence on Profane Love, edited by Sculley Bradley. 1929. Other Plays and Poems. , 1856. Bibliography: in Bibliography of American Literature by Jacob Blanck, 1955. Reading List: Boker, Poet and Patriot by Sculley Bradley, 1927. In keeping with his aspiration to live the life of the poet, George Henry Boker's first publication, The Lesson of Life, was a book of verse.
The Hasty-Pudding, on the other hand, is a delightful piece of mock-heroic verse occasioned by Barlow's visit to Savoy in 1793 when he was running unsuccessfully for the French National Assembly. It was inspired by his being served a dish of corn meal mush (polenta, hasty pudding), which reminded him of his Connecticut boyhood. This poem has been reprinted many times and is often anthologized. The other notable piece of verse, "Advice to a Raven in Russia," was occasioned by Barlow's sharp reaction to Napoleon's campaign in Russia in 1812.
The Indian Princess; or, La Belle Sauvage, music by John Bray (produced 1808). 1808; revised version, as Pocahontas (produced 1820). Marmion; or, The Battle of Flodden Field, from the poem by Scott (produced 1812). 1816. The Armourer's Escape; or, Three Years at Nootka Sound (produced 1817). How to Try a Lover (as A Court of Love, produced 1836). 1817. Superstition; or, The Fanatic Father (produced 1824). 1826. Other Delaplaine's Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished American Characters, vol.