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Battle-Pieces and Aspects of War
Publisher: New York: Harper Publication date: 1866 Subjects: Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) United States -- History Civil War, 1861-1865 Poetry Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where ...more
Paperback, 76 pages
Published January 6th 2010 by General Books
(first published 1866)
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Jun 06, 2014 Gabriel Oak rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I was teaching Benito Cereno this week, and decided to go the whole hog with Typee and Battle-Pieces, two Melville texts I had never read before. Typee was good, but Battle-Pieces was really great. Melville wrote mostly poetry after the Civil War (with the exception of Billy Budd), and much of it has been forgotten by contemporary readers, but he was a wonderful poet, and these poems about the horrors of the battlefield anticipate some of the great war literature of the twentieth century, includ ...more
The Longest poem which went on for 5 or more pages, front and back, was titled, "The Scout toward Aldie." Then the second longest one was right after that called, "Lee in the Capital, (April, 1866)." It was a good work of poems, but I had to go back to the very end a couple of times and read what the notes were. Although there were phrases and words I did not understand and it shows how much the English language has changed in 100 + years.
Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby-Dick — largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for ...moreMore about Herman Melville...