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  1. Herman Melville was moved so much by the Civil War that he wrote a volume of sensitive poetry.

    Just as the revolution before it, the Civil War absorbed the creative energies of the nation. Notable songs, speeches, journals, letters, and memoirs appeared. Many writers became involved with the Civil War, and the leaders of both sides produced some of the most important wartime literature. Walt Whitman, a poet, was a towering literary figure that emerged during the wartime era. There was no public opposition of slavery until the Civil War. Thomas Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration of Independence described the trading of slaves as a "cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty."

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  2. Poem explication - Life at War

    In the poem she talks about War and how it affects human life for the bad. The poem portrays the image that Levertov is against War and that mankind will never be able to live at peace because of War. The first reason why I believe that Levertov is against the idea of War is the way she speaks of Man. In the poem she can't believe how man could do such things to one another. She can't believe that such a sensitive being can do such harmful and hateful things to each other. She says, "...these acts are one to our own flesh"(964).

    • Word count: 798
  3. The Holocaust was a time when countless Jews, and others deemed "undesirables" by Hitler and the Nazis, underwent the most cruel and inhumane persecution while trapped in concentration camps under the power of the Third Reich. Elie Wiesel's Night is an ac

    A group of Jews from Wiesel's hometown are packed into a cattle wagon by the Nazi's and taken away from their homes. None of them knows where they are going or what awaits them when they arrive, yet a family friend of Wiesel's named Madame Sch�chter rouses every night to shriek about the fires she sees outside the cattle wagon, fires that don't exist, "Jews, listen to me! I can see a fire! There are huge flames! It is a furnace!"

    • Word count: 892
  4. "The Black Lace Fan My Mother Gave Me" by Eavan Boland.

    Boland utilizes symbolism, metaphors, and similes to illustrate the reoccurring theme of the fan and the steamy romance of the relationship. The first aspect of the poem identified is the setting. Boland portrays the moment in prewar France, in a caf� on the Boulevard de Capucines. It was a dry summer's night with a storm brewing in the distance. This description allows the reader to bond with the emotion of the characters: the anticipation, the adrenaline of a scandalous romance, and passionate aura of Paris.

    • Word count: 813

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