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There were many reasons why Civil War poets wrote about the war Some used the war to express their ideas concerning society religion and mans place in the world While others aspired to capture the effects of the war and its impact on the soldiers and their families Few of the poets trying to capture the wars effects approached realism because sentimentality and melodramatic temper was typical for their era There were so many different feelings express in the poetry about the Civil War I plan to compare the similarities and contrast the differences of poems by authors of this period both black and white I also plan to discuss the affect of the North verses the South conflict from the respective point of view They concentrated on different feelings and actions during and after the Civil War War poetry written by noncombatants is significant because of its acknowledgement of other cultural aspects of the Civil War The everyday people that were affected-- the housewives medical doctors teachers preachers bankers journalists schoolboys and girls-- are valuable because they consider themselves to be representation of society The southern and northern poems have many in commons but also many contrasting things too Northern poets quickly took the offensive on the issue of slavery They thought the concept and anyone involved with slavery was evil The poem Our Flag by TH Underwood really gets the emotions going when it is read He writes of a slave owner who murders a slaves mother and wife Writing about this lets Underwood express the drama of the cruelty that was bestowed upon the slaves Toward the end of this poem he writes of the slaves dead wife and he refers to her as being noble For now my darling in her slumber lay as royally as lays the noblest clay The Poetry of the American Civil War- pg 123 Ive noticed that many of the poets ennoble the dead mostly the
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