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The poem was written by Katharine Lee Bates, a professor of English literature at Wellesley College. In 1893, she was on a lecture trip to Colorado and took a trip to the top of Pikes Peak. As she looked out over the vast landscape, she was inspired to write a poem about the beauty of the country.
The poem was first published in 1895 in the Congregationalist magazine. It was titled "America" and it quickly became popular. In 1910, a hymn tune composed by Samuel A. Ward was paired with the poem and the song "America the Beautiful" was born.
The song was not immediately accepted as a national anthem. In fact, it was not even considered a patriotic song at first. It was seen more as a hymn or a poem. However, over time, the song's popularity grew and it eventually became one of the most beloved songs in the United States.
One of the little known stories about the song is that it was almost not written. Bates had been struggling with writer's block for some time and she was not sure if she could write anything that would be good enough. However, she decided to go on the trip to Pikes Peak anyway, hoping that the fresh air and the views would inspire her.
As it turned out, the trip was exactly what she needed. She was so inspired by the beauty of the country that she wrote the poem in just a few hours. The poem was a huge success and it helped to launch Bates' career as a poet.
"America the Beautiful" is a beautiful and inspiring song that celebrates the beauty of the United States. It is a song that has been enjoyed by generations of Americans and it is sure to continue to be popular for many years to come.
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