Book "Words for the hour" : a new anthology of American Civil War poetry / edited by Faith Barrett and Cristanne Miller.
Associated Name: Barrett, Faith, 1965-
Associated Name: Miller, Cristanne.
Publication year: c2005.
Call Number E647 .W67 2005
Media class: Book
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 1558495096 9781558495098
Extent: xxx, 401 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
"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. This volume 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 informative 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"--P.  of cover.
pt. 1. Poems published in newspapers and periodicals. Antebellum poetry -- 1861 -- 1862 -- 1863 -- 1864 -- 1865 -- The aftermath of the war -- pt. 2. Collections and volumes of Civil War poetry. George Moses Horton -- John Greenleaf Whittier -- Walt Whitman -- Herman Melville -- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper -- Henry Timrod -- Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt -- pt. 3. Unpublished or posthumously published poems. Emily Dickinson -- Obadiah Ethelbert Baker.