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America the Beautiful

by Katharine Lee Bates

The poem was later set to music and has become one of the most popular patriotic songs in the United States. The poem celebrates the natural beauty of America, its vast landscapes, and the spirit of its people. The poem was originally written as a response to a trip Bates took to Colorado, where she was struck by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. The poem has four stanzas, each one celebrating a different aspect of the country's natural beauty. In the first stanza, Bates describes the beauty of America's spacious skies, amber waves of grain, and purple mountain majesties. The second stanza celebrates the courage and sacrifice of the country's early pioneers, while the third stanza celebrates the freedom and equality that are the hallmarks of American democracy. In the final stanza, Bates expresses a hope for America's future, asking that God continue to bless the country and guide its people. The poem has become an important part of American culture, and is often performed at patriotic events such as Independence Day celebrations and sporting events. The lyrics have been printed on everything from postage stamps to t-shirts, and have been translated into numerous languages. The poem has been recorded by many famous artists, including Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, and Whitney Houston. "America the Beautiful" continues to be an important symbol of American patriotism and national identity. The poem and its music evoke a sense of pride in the natural beauty of America and its people, and serve as a reminder of the country's core values of freedom, equality, and opportunity for all.

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English

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English

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1893

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Katharine Lee Bates

United States

Katharine Lee Bates was an American author and poet, chiefly remembered for her anthem "America the Beautiful", but also for her many books and articles on social reform, on which she was a noted spea...

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