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Poetry Anayasis Essay

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Julia Ward Howe and her famous poem “Battle Hymn of the Republic” is revolutionary, philosophical within her poem, and symbolic in nature. In particular, Howe has rich history that inspired her poems and writings. She was born into a wealthy and prosperous family in 1819 but sadly her mother, a published poet, died after giving birth to her seventh child leaving Howe and all the other children to her father, a successful Wall Street Banker (1). Clearly the death of her creative mother had the effect to make Howe strive to carry on the creativeness despite her death. Julia Howe knows that she was born to become a great thinker from this. In fact, Howe was very intelligent and educated herself ...view middle of the document...

In the poem itself Howe is not afraid to use literary techniques to express the poem’s meaning. For one, she uses imagery by including, “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord” (2). Since this is at the beginning to creates a sense that religion is very important to her. As the poem continues it uses more imagery, “In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea.” (2). As a whole, the poem contains a great deal of symbolism it compares the fighting of the civil war to the book of Revelation in the Old Testament of the Bible. “Let the Hero Born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel...” (2). In this Jesus Christ symbolizes the Hero, Marry is the woman, and the serpent represents Satan. Moreover the glory stated in the poem both symbolises Jesus and the second coming of him (2). In addition to being very symbolic the poem also deals with a good amount of personification. “Oh! Be swift my soul, to answer him! Be jubilant, my feet!” This is included to give the poem a more surreal feeling to it. As it continues so does the personification. “He hath loosed the fatal lightning of his terrible swift sword.” Just as the poem contains a large amount of personification so does it contain a good amount of similes. “As ye deal with contemners, so with you my grace shall deal” (2) The poem continues. “As he died to make men holy, let us die to make man free” (2). The similes play a big role...

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