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September 16

Oliver Wendell Holmes' "Old Ironsides" is published in The Advertiser in 1830.

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In the Western tradition, who is considered to have written the first prose poem?

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Louis-Jacques-Napoléon Bertrand, who went by the pen name Aloysius Bertrand, is generally considered the author of the first prose poem. However, Charles Baudelaire is often seen as the first one to write in the new form purposefully.

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