The Fireside Poets got their name because people would read their poetry while sitting by a fireplace. These poets were the first American poets to truly compete with British poets for popularity in the United States and Great Britain.
These poets included Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, James Russell Lowell, Oliver Wendell Holmes and John Greenleaf Whittier. Opting to write in a more conventional style, these writers frequently created their poems using American legends as their subjects. These men frequently championed causes in their poetry, bringing major issues of the day to the forefront. The Fireside Poets also cleared the way for the writings of Emerson, Thoreau and Walt Whitman during the Romantic period.