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Weekly Whitman: Eighteen Sixty-One

This is the second piece of poetry in Whitman’s collection Drum Taps which was inspired by his Civil War experiences.

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Weekly Whitman: “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”

As I wandered through the gardens of Colonial Williamsburg last weekend, a blooming lilac bush caught my eye and some Whitman poetry came to mind. I asked Miss Meg if I could take over her column for the week to … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “Come Up from the Fields, Father”

“Come Up from the Fields, Father” is one of my personal favorites. If anyone knew about letters sent home, but written in an unfamiliar hand, it would be the man who actually wrote those letters for soldiers who were too … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: An Army Corps on the March

In 1865 Whitman engaged New York publisher Peter Eckler to print the first issue of Drum-Taps. After President Lincoln’s death, Whitman chose to stop printing efforts and wait for some time to pass. In the autumn of 1865 he added … Continue reading

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The Civil War in Surprising Places – Emily Dickinson’s Poetry and the Pop Culture Delights of Dickinson

As a high school student I always dreaded our annual Emily Dickinson poem assignment, because, to be honest, the nineteenth-century poet from Amherst, Massachusetts didn’t speak to me. One can only consider ‘Hope is the Thing With Feathers’ so many … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “Thick-Sprinkled Bunting”

THICK-SPRINKLED bunting! Flag of stars! Long yet your road, fateful flag!—long yet your road, and lined with bloody death! For the prize I see at issue, at last is the world! All its ships and shores I see, interwoven with … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “By the Bivouac’s Fearful Flame”

By the bivouac’s fitful flame, A procession winding around me, solemn and sweet and slow—but first I note, The tents of the sleeping army, the fields’ and woods’ dim outline, The darkness lit by spots of kindled fire, the silence, … Continue reading

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Veterans Day: “I Saw The Soldiers Come Today”

Happy Veterans Day to our readers and authors who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Thank you for carrying on the legacy of the defending our nation and all that we hold dear. Wishing you a safe and patriotic … Continue reading

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Not a Trick—Walt Whitman Every Week!

In between doing the final edits for First Fallen, reviewing books, worrying about everything in general and nothing in particular, and petting cats, I have been noodling around with some ways of writing about American poet Walt Whitman. He is … Continue reading

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Ball’s Bluff: “Has Sparta More?”

Recently, I came across some poems written about the Battle of Ball’s Bluff which was fought on October 21, 1861. This one was penned by a Union general from Massachusetts, Frederick Lander, and I’ve included a few historical notes after … Continue reading

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