Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter's nap, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
Plot[ edit ] On Christmas Eve night, while his wife and children sleep, a father awakens to noises outside his house. Looking out the window, he sees Santa Claus Saint Nicholas in an air-borne sleigh pulled by eight reindeer. After landing his sleigh on the roof, the saint enters the house through the chimney, carrying a sack of toys with him.
They share a conspiratorial moment before Santa bounds up the chimney again.
As he flies away, Santa wishes everyone a "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night. For example, while the first two lines each use full anapests, lines 3 and 4 each drop the first unstressed syllable. Likewise, lines 9 and 10 drop the first unstressed syllable; they also add an extra unstressed syllable to the end.
His inspiration for the character of Saint Nicholas was a local Dutch handyman as well as the historical Saint Nicholas. Moore originated many of the features that are still associated with Santa Claus today while borrowing other aspects, such as the use of reindeer.
It was first attributed in print to Moore in Moore himself acknowledged authorship when he included it in his own book of poems in By then, the original publisher and at least seven others had already acknowledged his authorship.
He included it in the anthology at the insistence of his children, for whom he had originally written the piece. By having Saint Nicholas arrive the night before, Moore "deftly shifted the focus away from Christmas Day with its still-problematic religious associations.
For example, breast in "The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow" is frequently bowdlerized to crest; the archaic ere in "But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight" is frequently replaced with as.
Note that this change implies that Santa Claus made his exclamation during the moment that he disappeared from view, while the exclamation came before his disappearance in the original.
New-York Historical Society Four hand-written copies of the poem are known to exist and three are in museums, including the New-York Historical Society library. Joe Nickell, author of Pen, Ink and Evidence. Holley alluded to the author of the Christmas poem, using terms that accurately described Moore as a native and current resident of New York City, and as "a gentleman of more merit as a scholar and a writer than many of more noisy pretensions.
Lee, a student at General Theological Seminary when Moore taught there, referred to a holiday figure of St.
Nicholas as being "robed in fur, and dressed according to the description of Prof. Moore in his poem. The Christmas poem appears on pagescredited to "Clement C. Bartlett and Welford, Beforethe poem was included in two anthologies: Colman,pages Although Moore did not authorize the earliest publication of the poem in the Troy Sentinel, he had close ties to Troy through the Protestant Episcopal Church that could explain how it got there.
David Butler who allegedly showed the poem to Sentinel editor Orville L. Holley that he received it from Mrs. Sackett, the wife of Mr. Daniel Sackett who was then a merchant in this city" .
Moore describes two stages of copying, first "by a relative of Dr Moores in her Album" and second, "by a friend of hers, from Troy. By that time, the original publisher and at least seven others had already acknowledged his authorship. Kaller examined the book in question, A Complete Treatise on Merinos and Other Sheep, as well as many letters signed by Moore, and found that the "signature" was not penned by Moore, and thus provides no evidence that Moore made any plagiaristic claim.
But Stephen Nissenbaum argues in his Battle for Christmas that the poem could have been a social satire of the Victorianization of Christmas.
Moore had even written a letter titled "From Saint Nicholas" that may have predated Foster also contends that Moore hated tobacco and would, therefore, never have depicted Saint Nicholas with a pipe.
In actuality, that verse contradicts such a claim. Against this claim, it is suggested by Kaller that Moore — a friend of writer Washington Irving and member of the same literary society — may have acquired some of his knowledge of New York Dutch traditions from Irving.
Nicholas came riding over the tops of the trees, in that self-same wagon wherein he brings his yearly presents to children, and he descended hard by where the heroes of Communipaw had made their late repast. And he lit his pipe by the fire, and sat himself down and smoked; and as he smoked, the smoke from his pipe ascended into the air and spread like a cloud overhead.Write a Christmas poem parody of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, only write it about an unexpected guest who isn’t Santa.
Post your response ( words or fewer) in the comments below. The classic poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is given in full text. You can print the poem to share in your classroom, to hand out for students to take home, and to use for class discussion.
The classic poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is given in full text. You can print the poem to share in your classroom, to hand out for students to take home, and to use for class discussion. This will be a great addition to your Christmas-themed curriculum, especially for reading or literature.
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