Sidney Lanier was a critic, musician, novelist, and poet who served in the Confederate Army. He was captured in 1864 and imprisoned. When released after a year, he wrote about his war experiences in the novel, Tiger-Lilies. In 1873 he became the first flutist in the Peabody Orchestra in Baltimore and augmented his income by giving lectures. The lectures led to a teaching position at Johns Hopkins University. Lanier published The Science of English Verse in 1880. Many of his better poems are set in his beloved South.