Although a contemporary of
Walt Whitman, Whittier did not experiment
with free verse but continued to write using conventional rhyme and meter patterns.
After the Civil War, Whittier turned away from politics to concentrate on poetry. His
output was prolific - managing a collection every two years or so.
Much of his poetry evoked his idyllic rural childhood - e.g.
Snow-Bound which recalled winters in his family's oak-built
His other popular poems include: The Barefoot Boy, Skipper Ireson's
Ride and Barbara Frietchie.
In his day, Whittier's popularity was only surpassed by
that of Longfellow.