Poetry Anayasis

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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 by reading free thinking literature from Europe and was very much a women’s suffrage activist for her time (1). Obviously, this literature Howe invested her time in was an inspiration for her own works in literature and poetry. As Julia Howe’s love for literature grew at a young age so did she. April of 1843 was when Howe married Samuel Gridley, a patriarchal aristocratic man twenty years older than her, who dealt poorly with finances; these opposing views ended up in a separation in 1852 leaving Howe to become a working women after his death in 1876 (1). Howe did not end up with the kind of man she wanted to. Although the marriage life between the two was not conventional for the time it only inspired Howe even more. In 1861 her famous poem “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was published and brought her instant fame and recognition and from then on she continued to write more philosophical literature and became known was one of the most famous women of 19th century America and died in Portsmouth Rhode Island in 1910 (1). Her poetry has inspired m... ... middle of paper ... ... This correlates to the civil war that was going on around the same time. The fact that Howe used this symbol is to allude to the fact that the abolitionists are doing what God wants and what is morally right. Furthermore, the author illustrates the meaning of the poem by the use of the Book of Revelation. Just like how this book is very symbolic and difficult to understand so is the civil war that is going on. The poem continues with symbolic ideas for Revelation. In that, with the use of this biblical section it also hints that the Civil War might turn to be apocalyptic since this is what happened in the Book of Revelation (3). Although this is not true it possibly was what Howe thought. In conclusion the poem has a very open meaning that is up to interpretation. Although her life and name might not be known today she lives on through her poetry and her standards.

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