“America the Beautiful” is a famous patriotic American song written by Katharine Lee Bates. Originally written in 1893 when Bates was inspired by travels from Massachusetts to Colorado, the lyrics were amended to the version below, published in 1913. As you read, make notes about how the imagery and diction contribute to the theme of the poem. This poem is for grade 9 readers. America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates is in the public domain.