Who wrote the national anthem of united states of america ?
During the war of 1812 (on September 14, 1814), poet Francis Scott Key wrote a poem entitled "Defense of Fort McHenry", being inspired by seeing the American flag still flying amidst the battle. Key never meant for it to become a song, or a national anthem, yet after showing the poem to his brother in law Judge Joseph H Nicholson, Nicholson noticed the poem could fit the tune "The Anacreontic Song" (also known as "To Anacraeon in Heaven"), a song originally written for a gentlemen's social club in London, but gained popularity outside Great Britian, including in the United States, where by this time the tune was familiar to American ears. (The tune was also once the national anthem of Luxembourg). Key may have had this tune in mind when he wrote the poem; an earlier poem of his called "When the Warrior Returns" was also in the same rhythym, could be set to the same tune, and is of similar subject matter - the last two lines of each stanza of that poem also end wit ...more