American Poetry in the Age of Whitman and Dickinson


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Since today, March 4th, is National Day of Action to Defend Education, I thought I’d post some lines in solidarity from one of Bayard Taylor’s Civil War poems. Dated March 1, 1862, and titled “March,” the poem’s first three stanzas are eminently suited to the present moment (you can read the whole poem here):

With rushing winds and gloomy skies
The dark and stubborn Winter dies.
Far-off, unseen, Spring faintly cries,
Bidding her earliest child arise:


By streams still held in icy snare,
On southern hillsides, melting bare,
O’er fields that motley colors wear,
That summons fills the changeful air:


What though conflicting seasons make
Thy days their field, they woo or shake
The sleeping lids of Life awake,
And hope is stronger for thy sake,


Stop the privatization of knowledge! Save our schools!


Written by Ben Friedlander

March 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

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  1. badum badum badum badum
    badum badum badum badum, indeed!

    this reminds me of what my friends and I used to intone, arm in arm, moving through school at recess:

    hey! hey! get outta my way!
    if you don’t get outta my way, I’ll KICK you outta my way!

    a little more syncopated, perhaps, but still in the spirit of MARCH!

    or… as Caroline Crumpacker pointed out today on FB, today’s date is the only date that forms a complete sentence.


    March 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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