Among the first native-born Anglo-American poets, Tompson was born
into a family of zealous Puritans. He became a schoolmaster for several towns
around Boston, his most famous pupil being Cotton Mather. Tompson’s fame as a
poet arose from his volume New Englands Crisis (1676) and its revision New
Englands Tears (London, 1676), a verse epic treating the war with the
Algonkian Confederation during the 1670s as a test of the faith of the elect in
In the Heath Anthology
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The Beginnings of Verse, 1610–1808
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