Poems by Julia Ward Howe and William Shakespear

Complete 8 pages APA formatted article: Poems by Julia Ward Howe and William Shakespear. She wrote the poem “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in November 1861 in a flash of inspiration during the American Civil War after she had visited a Union Army camp where she heard soldiers singing ‘John Brown’s body’. Her companion James Freeman Clarke suggested Howe write something to raise the morale of the troops. The next morning, she reminisced, the poem started taking shape in her mind. It was published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. However, “Battle Hymn” was popularized as a song by Union chaplain Charles Cardwell McCabe, who often included it in his lectures and sang it on important occasions. The hymn was also a favorite of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt and remains a staple of American patriotic and religious music.William Shakespeare was a legendary English playwright and poet widely acclaimed to be the greatest author that ever existed in the history of the English language. He was baptized on 26 April 1564 and died on 23 April 1616. Popularly known as ‘Bard of Avon’ and anointed as England’s national poet, his literary works include thirty-eight plays, two long narrative poems, and one hundred and fifty-four sonnets. His plays are often performed on stage and translations are available in almost every living language.Shakespeare wrote the sonnet ‘When forty winters shall besiege thy brow’ keeping in mind the fact that youth fades away and is overshadowed by grey lines. This poem represents the poet’s plea to a young man to get married. He pleads the young man to think twice before the beauty of his countenance fades away.The structure of the poem and the tenor of the language enable the reader to realize even more clearly the nuances of the text. The need to convey the meaning clearly prompts the poet to opt for various techniques and parts of speech that are available at their disposal. It is a symbiotic relationship between meaning and structure as meaning gives shape to the structure and the structure promotes the meaning (Mary E. Mills).

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