Have you ever experienced both happiness and sorrow at the same time? Walt Whitman, in “O Captain! My Captain!,” incorporates sadness over the death of President Lincoln and happiness about the victory of the North and the end of the Civil War. The Civil War (1861-1865) was set on American soil where Americans fought against Americans. The North (Union) wanted unity of the country and the end of slavery, while the South (Confederacy) wanted separation and the continuation of slavery.
IV Chancellorsville – Lee’s “finest hour” In the Battle of Chancellorsville fought from 30 April to 6 May 1863, Lee inflicted a serious defeat against General Joseph Hooker. It was considered by many military historians as his finest battle because he defeated a much larger foe by using aggressive tactics. However, Lee suffered the loss of his most capable officer, General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The “Stonewall” was accidentally shot by his own men while making a dusk reconnaissance. Lee then took his armies across the Potomac to threaten Maryland and Pennsylvania.
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that, unbeknownst to him, would become one of the most recognized speeches in the history of the United States. The empowering speech was given in the midst of the gruesome civil war that began between the north and the south over the long-conflicted morality of slavery. Through one of the most highly remembered speeches of our history, The Gettysburg Address, Lincoln commemorates the dead and wounded soldiers at the site of the battle in Gettysburg through references to history, unificating diction and metaphors of life and death to unite the nation in a time of separation and provide a direction for the future of the country. Lincoln begins his essay utilizing historical references in order to illustrate to the public the basis of what the nation was founded upon. Through this, he reminds Americans the morals and ideals that the people are willing to spill blood for.
A morning parade, followed by a salute by the Concord Minutemen and an open house at the Meriam house, got the events started. Later in the afternoon, the town of Lincoln coordinates the Paul Revere capture along the Battle Road in the park. This year, a theater in the field brought back those involved in the creation of “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” to life near where Revere was captured. April 15th kicked off with Tough Ruck, where over one thousand National Guard members ran and walked 26.2 miles, emulating the distance of the Boston Marathon from the North Bridge and along the Battle Road Battlefield. Members of Captain David Brown 's Company presented a volley musket fire to the participants as they crossed over North Bridge to begin their annual ruck, which is sanctioned by the Boston Athletic Association as official marathon event.
The Great War During the 18th century, World War One took place because of the assassination of the archduke of Austria-Hungary, Franz Ferdinand. World War One, also known as the Great War, was one of the greatest wars in the United States history. With it being one of the greatest wars helped inspired a lot of poets to write about it such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Wilfred Owen, the oldest of four children born into rapid success, was born on March 18, 1893 and died November 4, 1918. Owens only published five poems about World War One in his lifetime, but he wrote some of the best British poetry (Poetryfoundation.org).
Duffy uses subtle and understated imagery throughout the poem to help convey the horrific realities of conflict. For example, in the line “to fields which don’t explode beneath feet of running children…” she takes an innocent and joyful image of running children and turns it into more of a sinister image which conveys the suffering and fear that children in war affected countries have to endure. Likewise, Duffy’s description of the man in the third stanza contains virtually no visual imagery but rather focuses on the element of sound through the word “cries” and the interaction between the photographer and the wife of the man which is “without words”. Since Duffy focuses on only one image rather than the countless others that would have been
Nature: Sprouting Past Man’s Control In Andrew Marvell’s “The Mower’s Song”, the protagonist utilizes his relationship to the meadows to symbolize the suffering he undergoes when his romantic interest presumably denies him. Although Marvell never explicitly states what his love interest does to crush his romantic aspirations, his reference to the role between the mower and the meadow serves as the perfect representation of his internal well-being. However, the poem strays beyond the simple conveyance of unrequited love: the mower’s comparison to the meadow’s flourishment serves to emphasize the mower’s struggle to manipulate the meadow, and thus nature. By detailing the mower’s misfortune with love, Marvell portrays nature’s constancy in relation to humanity’s ever-changing nature. While at times nature seems to be in accord with the narrator’s inner thoughts and mood, there are times when the narrator’s stability is not as unwavering as nature.
Cleaning Up the Mess: Repetition, Free Verse, and Verbage in Carl Sandburg’s “Grass” When we think of nature, we often associate it with feelings of growth, strength, and beauty. Nature symbolizes re-birth, and our expectation of nature to soldier on in any situation represents perseverance. After natural disaster, human tragedy, war, etc., nature has the ability to cover up horrifying images in history. In his poem, “Grass,” Carl Sandburg uses repetition, verbs, and free verse to represent the forces of nature covering up the reality of an ugly, war-ridden and tragic history. The poem begins by telling the audience to “pile the bodies high”, at Austerlitz and Waterloo, both of these were significant battles in the Napoleonic wars, and both of which led to massive tragedy.
Since Whitman’s poems were written based on the Civil War, it is understandable for the poems to be depressing in tone. With Whitman’s depressing tone, several quotes build on the depressed theme that he tries to imply. Whitman speaks of the Union Army and how although victory was accomplished, loss was still apparent. “But I with mournful tread, walk the deck my captain lies, fallen cold and dead”(O Captain, 22-24). This quote was based on the loss of former President, Abraham Lincoln, who led the Union Army to victory, but in the end, had tragic misfortune.
1. The wall in this poem, has no practical use, yet the neighbour does care, fix it every spring and he shows to consider it a sign of its essential properties on earth. On the other hand, the wall bothers the poet : it seems like it offends the nature itself, which in his eyes is open space, life force, over calculations and ambitions of possession of men. The starting point of the poem may have been a personal experience of Robert Frost, often away from the cities to live in the country and devoting himself to the agricultural culture. 2.
He and his army had success at the Second Bull Run and Fredericksburg. His best performance was at the Battle of Chancellorsville it was also known as the bloodiest battle of the civil war (History Channel). Although Robert E Lee won a lot of battles he also lost some too, here are those battles. The Battle of Cheat Mountain in september 12-15, 1861. This was the first battle that the confederates lost.
The Battle of Appomattox Court House was another preeminent battle because it was one of the last battles of the War and determined who was going to administrate The Ferry. On April 9, 1865, the Army of Northern Virginia (Confederate) surrendered and the Union won Harpers Ferry but more importantly; the Union won the Civil
Battled close Antietam Creek at Sharpsburg, Maryland, was the bloodiest day in American fighting. Lee battled McClellan to a draw. A few students of history call it a Union victory,however, McClellan missed an opportunity to decimate Lee 's armed force and end the war. Taking after this fight Lincoln chose to issue the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863. The British who were considering offering the South some assistance with deciding not to after the Proclamation in light of the fact that the war was presently being battled to free the
Before becoming the seventh President of the United States, and before the Trail of Tears and the conquering of the National Bank, Andrew Jackson was a war hero and a man tough enough to earn the reverent nickname of Old Hickory. On January 8, 1815, Major General Andrew Jackson led the American forces to victory against the British at the Battle of New Orleans, the battle that is considered the last of the War of 1812, even though the Treaty of Ghent had already been signed. As Mike Scott (2017) put it, it was a battle that was “an unlikely American victory that changed the course of the city’s, and the country’s, history.” The Battle of New Orleans is a great piece of history that occurred within our own state that is always worth
Quite a number of the Confederate’s generals were hurt, dead, or dying which made Lee one of the few generals who were capable of leading the army. In a letter to Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederates, Lee requested him to replace him as general. Document C explains that Lee felt like he not only failed the South, but he also failed himself when he lost The Battle of Gettysburg. Document C states, “I therefore, in all sincerity, request Your Excellency to take measures to supply my place. I do this with the more earnestness because no one is more aware than myself of my inability for the duties of my position” (277).