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DORGAN, John Ayhner, poet, born in Philadelphia, 12 January 1836; died there, 1 January 1867. He was educated in the public schools of Philadelphia, where he always resided, and was so diligent in his studies as to have prepared himself for entering the Central high school a year before he was old enough for admission. After a four year's course at this institution, he was graduated with the degree of A.B. He then entered a law office, where he remained until his last illness. He died of consumption, and much of his poetry was written while his body was wasting from the inroads of that disease. His writing was done in the intervals of his daily toil, as he never took any vacation. In 1862 he published the first edition of his poems, under the title of " Studies." In 1864 he issued a second edition, and a third in 1866. He also contributed to the "Atlantic Monthly," and other periodicals. Many of his poems are set in a minor key, but they are characterized by strong and vigorous thought. Some of his lyrics pass far beyond the work of a beginner, and indicate what their author would probably have accomplished had a longer life been vouchsafed him.
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