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The Longest poem which went on for 5 or more pages, front and back, was titled, "The Scout toward Aldie." Then the second longest one was right after that called, "Lee in the Capital, (April, 1866 ... Read full review
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Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War: Civil War Poems by Herman Melville (1995) Read full review
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Aldie Antietam’s armies arms banners battle brave calm camp Captain cavalry charge cheer clouds Colonel conﬂict Cumberland dead death deeds deep Donelson doom eyes fame fate feel fell ﬁeld ﬁerce ﬁght ﬁles ﬁll ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁred ﬁrst ﬂag ﬂame ﬂash ﬂed ﬂeet ﬂing ﬂood ﬂushed ﬂy fray glade glare gloom glorious glad marching Grant grave green hand heart heaven hill horses killed lads late light lone lonesome place look Lyon man’s McClellan Mosby Mosby’s Nature’s never night North numbers o’er pale passion pride rebel Richmond ride riﬂes roar rolled round Secession Second Manassas Sherman’s silent sleep slope smoked and smoked soldiers South star Stone Fleet Stonewall Stonewall Jackson stood storm stormer strife strong sway sword Temeraire Tenedos There’s thing Thou thought trees victory war’s wars wave wild Wilderness wind wood wounded wreath Yorkist
Page 62 - Where War belongs — Among the trades and artisans. Yet this was battle, and intense — Beyond the strife of fleets heroic; Deadlier, closer, calm 'mid storm; No passion; all went on by crank, Pivot, and screw, And calculations of caloric.
Page 11 - Hanging from the beam, Slowly swaying (such the law), Gaunt the shadow on your green, Shenandoah! The cut is on the crown (Lo, John Brown), And the stabs shall heal no more. Hidden in the cap Is the anguish none can draw; So your future veils its face, Shenandoah! But the streaming beard is shown (Weird John Brown), The meteor of the the war.
Page 159 - What could they else - North or South? Each went forth with blessings given By priests and mothers in the name of Heaven; And honor in both was chief. Warred one for Right, and one for Wrong? So put it; but they both were young Each grape to his cluster clung, All their elegies are sung.
Page 16 - ... Time's strand with wrecks. The People spread like a weedy grass, The thing they will they bring to pass, And prosper to the apoplex. The rout it herds around the heart, The ghost is yielded in the gloom; Kings wag their heads — Now save thyself Who wouldst rebuild the world in bloom. (Tide-mark 40 And top of the ages...
Page 232 - Yet pride at hand still aidrul swelled, And up the hard ascent he held. The meeting follows. In his mien The victor and the vanquished both are seen — All that he is, and what he late had been. Awhile, with curious eyes they scan The Chief who led invasion's van — Allied by family to one, Founder of the Arch the Invader warred upon : Who looks at Lee must think of Washington ; In pain must think, and hide the thought, So deep with grievous meaning it is fraught...
Page 85 - ... Died on the face of each lifeless one, And died along the winding marge of fight And searching-parties lone. Sloped on the hill the mounds were green, Our centre held that place of graves, And some still hold it in their swoon, And over these a glory waves. The warrior-monument, crashed in fight,'1 Shall soar transfigured in loftier light...
Page 177 - Through the delightsome sea he sails, With shoals of shining tiny things Frolic on every wave that flings Against the prow its showery spray ; All creatures joying in the morn, Save them forever from joyance torn, Whose bark was lost where now the dolphins play; Save them that by the fabled shore, Down the pale stream are washed away, Far to the reef of bones are borne ; And never revisits them the light, Nor sight of long-sought land and pilot more ; Nor heed they now the lone bird's flight Round...
Page 155 - Convulsions came; and, where the field Long slept in pastoral green, A goblin-mountain was upheaved (Sure the scared sense was all deceived), Marl-glen and slag-ravine. The unreserve of 111 was there, The clinkers in her last retreat; But, ere the eye could take it in, Or mind could comprehension win, It sunk!— and at our feet.
Page 63 - April 1862 Skimming lightly, wheeling still, The swallows fly low Over the field in clouded days, The forest-field of Shiloh— Over the field where April rain Solaced the parched one stretched in pain Through the pause of night That followed the Sunday fight Around the church of Shiloh— The church so lone, the log-built one, That echoed to many a parting groan And natural prayer Of dying foemen mingled there— Foemen at morn, but friends at...
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