Words for the Hour A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry

ISBN-10: 1558495096

ISBN-13: 9781558495098

Edition: 2005

Authors: Faith Barrett, Cristanne Miller

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"Words for the Hour" presents a readable and illuminating account of the Civil War, told through the words of poets North and South. From bathos to profound philosophical meditation and sorrow, the range of these poems illuminates the complexity of their era while also revealing the continuing power of this turning point in American history to speak to readers in the present day. The volume is divided into three parts, each offering a different perspective on the poetry generated by the war. Part I samples the extraordinary range of poems written immediately preceding and during the war and published in popular periodicals, providing a kind of poetic newspaper account as one might have read it then--from the early days of optimistically heralded victory on both sides, through the mounting casualties and brutal deaths of the long middle years, to the war's conclusions and President Lincoln's assassination. Viewing the struggle from many different vantage points gives the reader access to the ways that people from various backgrounds experienced the trajectory of the war. Civilians and soldiers, free blacks and proponents of slavery, women and men from Massachusetts and Virginia and from recently admitted states and barely developed territories, writers with their eyes on the national political stage and those focused on personal domestic issues: these are the multiple voices of America responding to the war. Part II includes substantial selections of poems by writers who published extensively in response to the conflict, providing more complex and comprehensive perceptions of the war. These poets include not just well-known figures such as Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and JohnGreenleaf Whittier, but also African American poets George Moses Horton and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Southern poets Henry Timrod and Sarah Piatt. Part III offers poems by two poets who did not publish during their lifetimes, but had strong imaginative responses to the conflict, thus giving a sense of the long reach of the war as a defining national experience. One of these two poets (Emily Dickinson) is now renowned while the other, (Obadiah Ethelbert Baker) is first published in this volume. "Words for the Hour" is indeed "new" among anthologies of Civil War poetry not only in its wide range of poems by popular, anonymous, and now canonical poets but also in its informational apparatus. A historical timeline listing major battles and events of the war begins the volume, and historical photographs or lithographs introduce each section of poems. The book also includes a substantial introduction, a glossary of important names and terminology relevant to understanding the poems, and biographical sketches for all the poets whose work is included.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 401
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
A Civil War Time Linep. xxiii
Abbreviations: Source Collections of Civil War Poetry for Part Ip. xxix
Introduction: "Words for the Hour": Reading the American Civil War through Poetry by Faith Barrettp. 1
Poems Published in Newspapers and Periodicals
Antebellum Poetryp. 25
My Countryp. 27
The Mother and Her Captive Boyp. 28
The Present Crisisp. 29
I Sigh for the Land of the Cypress and Pinep. 30
Southern Odep. 33
Song of the Southp. 35
Song of the "Aliened American"p. 37
The Vessel of Love, the Vessel of Statep. 38
Linesp. 38
I Wish I Was in Dixie's Landp. 40
The Two Voicesp. 41
1861p. 45
To the Men of the North and Westp. 47
The Nineteenth of Aprilp. 48
My Marylandp. 49
Over the Riverp. 51
The Old Riflemanp. 52
Brother Jonathan's Lament for Sister Carolinep. 54
The Harvest-Field of 1861p. 55
The Southern Crossp. 56
Our Faith in '61p. 58
Manassasp. 60
Not Yetp. 61
Cotton-Doodlep. 62
Price's Appeal to Missourip. 64
The Picket-Guardp. 65
A Thoughtp. 66
Soldiers' Aid Societiesp. 67
Let My People Go: A Song of the "Contrabands"p. 69
1862p. 73
Battle Hymn of the Republicp. 75
Anomaliesp. 76
A Battle Hymnp. 77
The Sword-Bearerp. 78
The Cumberlandp. 80
The Song of the Southp. 82
The Stars and Barsp. 83
Stonewall Jackson's Wayp. 85
Weavingp. 86
To Abraham Lincolnp. 89
Wanted-A Manp. 89
Clouds in the Westp. 91
Three Hundred Thousand Morep. 92
Emancipationp. 93
Half Wayp. 94
"While God He Leaves Me Reason, God He Will Leave Me Jim"p. 96
A Southern Scenep. 97
Melt the Bellsp. 99
Roll Callp. 100
1863p. 103
Boston Hymnp. 105
The Reveillep. 108
Conservative Chorusp. 109
Only a Soldier's Gravep. 109
Spring at the Capitalp. 110
The Black Regimentp. 112
Wouldst Thou Have Me Love Theep. 114
The Wood of Gettysburgp. 115
Chickamauga, "The Stream of Death!"p. 117
On the Heights of Mission Ridgep. 120
Negro Song of Mission Ridgep. 121
My Army Cross Overp. 122
Ride In, Kind Saviourp. 123
Readyp. 123
The Jacket of Grayp. 124
Death the Peacemakerp. 125
The Copperheadp. 127
A Prayer for Peacep. 128
In Libby Prison-New-Year's Eve 1863-4p. 130
1864p. 133
From The Day and the Warp. 135
Sambo's Right To Be Kiltp. 138
Confederate Song of Freedomp. 139
At Fort Pillowp. 140
In the Wildernessp. 142
Sonnetp. 144
The Patriot Ishmael Dayp. 144
The Pride of Battery Bp. 146
Sheridan's Ridep. 149
Brother, Tell Me of the Battlep. 151
The Empty Sleevep. 152
Reading the Listp. 154
Only One Killedp. 155
Fredericksburgp. 156
The Confederacyp. 157
1865p. 159
My Autumn Walkp. 161
I'm Dying, Comradep. 163
The Voices of the Gunsp. 164
Driving Home the Cowsp. 167
"Stack Arms"p. 168
Doffing the Grayp. 169
Ashes of Gloryp. 170
The Death of Lincolnp. 171
The Death-Blowp. 172
The Martyrp. 173
A Second Review of the Grand Armyp. 173
The Dying Words of Jacksonp. 175
Ethiopia's Deadp. 176
The Aftermath of the Warp. 179
"Is There, Then, No Hope for the Nations?"p. 181
Killed at the Fordp. 182
The Sword of Robert Leep. 183
Let the Banner Proudly Wavep. 185
Christmas, South, 1866p. 187
"Ay De Mi, Alhama!"p. 188
To Our Hillsp. 189
The Blue and the Grayp. 191
Little Giffenp. 193
Gettysburg Odep. 194
Lincolnp. 195
Collections and Volumes of Civil War Poetry
Slaveryp. 202
Linesp. 203
The Poet's Feeble Petitionp. 205
General Grant-The Hero of the Warp. 205
The Southern Refugeep. 207
Lincoln Is Deadp. 208
Like Brothers We Meetp. 208
The Dying Soldier's Messagep. 209
The Spectator of the Battle of Belmontp. 210
The Terrors of Warp. 211
Jefferson in a Tight Placep. 212
The Soldier on His Way Homep. 213
Weepp. 214
The Hunters of Menp. 217
A Word for the Hourp. 218
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gottp. 219
At Port Royalp. 222
The Battle Autumn of 1862p. 225
What the Birds Saidp. 226
Barbara Frietchiep. 228
Walt Whitmanp. 230
Eighteen Sixty-Onep. 231
Beat! Beat! Drums!p. 232
Virginia-The Westp. 233
Cavalry Crossing a Fordp. 233
Bivouac on a Mountain Sidep. 233
An Army Corps on the Marchp. 234
By the Bivouac's Fitful Flamep. 234
Come Up from the Fields Fatherp. 234
Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Nightp. 236
A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknownp. 237
A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dimp. 238
Not the Pilotp. 238
Year That Trembled and Reel'd Beneath Mep. 239
The Wound-Dresserp. 239
Dirge for Two Veteransp. 241
Over the Carnage Rose Prophetic a Voicep. 242
The Artilleryman's Visionp. 243
Ethiopia Saluting the Colorsp. 244
Not Youth Pertains to Mep. 244
Look Down Fair Moonp. 245
Reconciliationp. 245
How Solemn as One by Onep. 245
As I Lay with My Head in Your Lap Cameradop. 246
To a Certain Civilianp. 246
Adieu to a Soldierp. 247
Turn O Libertadp. 247
To the Leaven'd Soil They Trodp. 248
Pensive on Her Dead Gazingp. 248
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'dp. 249
The Portentp. 258
Apathy and Enthusiasmp. 259
The March into Virginiap. 260
Ball's Bluffp. 261
Dupont's Round Fightp. 262
Donelsonp. 263
A Utilitarian View of the Monitor's Fightp. 275
Shilohp. 276
Malvern Hillp. 277
The House-topp. 278
Sheridan at Cedar Creekp. 279
In the Prison Penp. 280
The College Colonelp. 281
The Martyrp. 282
Rebel Color-bearers at Shilohp. 283
"Formerly a Slave"p. 284
Magnanimity Baffledp. 285
On the Slain Collegiansp. 285
On the Slain at Chickamaugap. 287
An uninscribed Monumentp. 288
The Slave Motherp. 290
Bible Defence of Slaveryp. 291
Eliza Harrisp. 292
The Slave Auctionp. 294
Bury Me in a Free Landp. 295
To the Cleveland Union-Saversp. 296
Lines to Miles O'Reileyp. 298
Words for the Hourp. 299
An Appeal to My Countrywomenp. 300
The Deliverancep. 302
Learning to Readp. 309
Ethnogenesisp. 312
The Cotton Bollp. 315
I Know Not Whyp. 320
A Cry to Armsp. 320
Charlestonp. 322
The Two Armiesp. 323
Carmen Triumphalep. 324
The Unknown Deadp. 326
We May Not Falterp. 327
Odep. 328
1866p. 329
Hearing the Battle.-July 21, 1861p. 332
Army of Occupationp. 333
Giving Back the Flowerp. 334
Shoulder-Rankp. 335
Another Warp. 336
Mock Diamondsp. 337
Over in Kentuckyp. 339
The Black Princessp. 340
The Old Slave-Musicp. 342
Counsel-In the Southp. 343
A Child's Partyp. 344
Unpublished or Posthumously Published Poems
To fight aloud, is very brave -p. 352
Unto like Story - Trouble has enticed me -p. 353
I like a look of Agonyp. 353
After great pain, a formal feeling comes -p. 354
The name - of it - is "Autumn" -p. 354
He fought like those Who've nought to lose -p. 354
When I was small, a Woman died -p. 355
It feels a shame to be Alive -p. 356
One Anguish - in a Crowd -p. 356
They dropped like Flakes -p. 357
If any sink, assure that this, now standing -p. 357
The Battle fought between the Soulp. 357
No Rack can torture me -p. 358
My Portion is Defeat - today -p. 358
My Life had stood - a Loaded Gun -p. 359
Color - Caste - Denomination -p. 360
Dying! To be afraid of theep. 360
My Triumph lasted till the Drumsp. 360
I never hear that one is deadp. 361
After the Battle: The Dirgep. 363
Nov. 30th To an absent Wifep. 365
Do Youp. 365
My Army Birthp. 365
The Charge at Montereyp. 366
The Charge at Farmingtonp. 367
August 3rd, 1886p. 368
The Unknown Gravep. 369
Civil War Poetry Glossaryp. 371
Biographies of Poetsp. 375
Index of Authors and Titlesp. 397
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