“Rode The Six Hundred”

The Charge of the Light Brigade, written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in 1854 was based on the real-life events during the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. The poem memorialized a brigade of cavalry sent on a disastrous and useless charge. This piece of writing has fascinated me since the first time I heardContinue reading ““Rode The Six Hundred””

“The People Will Awake and Listen To Hear”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is one of my all-time favorite American poets. I’m particularly fond of his collection The Seaside & The Fireside (1850). One of Longfellow’s most famous poems is also a favorite of mine, and once upon a time, I had the whole thing memorized: Paul Revere’s Ride. “Wait, you promised a ‘Yankee poem’Continue reading ““The People Will Awake and Listen To Hear””

“Sumter’s Steady Roar”

It’s probably not surprising that I’m always on the look-out for Civil War poetry. There’s a ton of it — often in newspapers or magazines of era and later in the various memory publications created by veterans and supporters from both sides. April 12, 2021 will mark the 160th Anniversary of the beginning of theContinue reading ““Sumter’s Steady Roar””

“Dances With The Daffodils”

April is National Poetry Month, so I thought it would be appropriate to share a few of my favorite poems and some reflections on the writing. When I lived in California, we got a few daffodils in the garden and I always liked these bright, cheery flowers that signal the promise of spring. Here inContinue reading ““Dances With The Daffodils””

“Here You Are”: Poetry for an Unknown Union Soldier

Sharing some historical, Civil War era photographs this month… I know photographs don’t talk, but sometimes the image can grip the heart. That’s the way I felt when I saw the photograph of this young Union soldier on Library of Congress’s website. I stopped what I was working on at the time and just studiedContinue reading ““Here You Are”: Poetry for an Unknown Union Soldier”