This article needs additional citations for verification. The Night Before Christmas” and “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Poem here. Twas the Night Before Christmas” from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837.

Some commentators now believe the poem was written by Henry Livingston Jr. The poem has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American” and is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. It has had a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift-giving. On Christmas Eve night, while his wife and children sleep, a father awakens to noises outside his house. The anapest is the same foot used to construct limericks, and the common metrical modifications that can be observed in the limerick form also can be observed in Moore’s poem.

For example, while the first two lines each use full anapests, lines 3 and 4 each drop the first unstressed syllable. Clement Clarke Moore, the author of A Visit from St. According to legend, “A Visit” was composed by Clement Clarke Moore on a snowy winter’s day during a shopping trip on a sleigh. Moore’s conception of Saint Nicholas was borrowed from his friend Washington Irving, but Moore portrayed his “jolly old elf” as arriving on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. Modern printings frequently incorporate alterations that reflect changing linguistic and cultural sensibilities.