Sydney Lanier (1842-1881)

Sydney LanierSydney Lanier was an American musician, poet, and author. He served in the Confederate Army and worked on a blockade running ship, for which he was imprisoned. He often used dialects in his poetry and sometimes wrote in heightened English. He wrote Hymns of the Marshes; his most famous poems include “Corn,” “The Symphony,” “Centennial Meditation,” “The Song of the Chattahoochee,” “The Marshes of Glynn,” and “Sunrise.” The Sidney Lanier Cottage in Macon, Georgia, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Many schools, lakes, streets, and buildings bear the name Sidney Lanier.