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Connecting the dots of artistic inspiration: a musical family tree
It is difficult to tell at this point exactly who Francis Scott Key’s literary influences were, though it is safe to assume that he may have been at least aware of the works of prominent British writers such as Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, William Blake, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
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What is easier to ascertain is the extent of Key’s influence on American culture. Today there are monuments, memorials, and schools named after the writer, and his “Star-Spangled Banner” is one of the most frequently performed songs in the world.