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Selections from Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War

Herman Melville

Published in 1866, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War is a collection of poems about the Civil War by Herman Melville. Many of the poems are inspired by second- and third-hand accounts from print news sources (especially the Rebellion Record) and from family and friends. A handful of trips Melville took before, during, and after the war provide additional angles of vision into the battles, the personalities, and the moods of war. In an opening note, Melville describes his project not so much as a systematic chronicle (though many of the individual poems refer to specific events) but as a kind of memory piece of national experience. The “aspects” to which he refers in the title are as diverse as “the moods of involuntary meditation—moods variable, and at times widely at variance.” Much of the verse is stylistically conventional (more so than modern readers perhaps expect from the author of Moby-Dick), but the shifting subjectivities and unresolved traumas that unfold in the collection merit repeated contemplation. Melville’s Battle-Pieces do not offer a neatly versified narrative of the Civil War but rather kaleidescopic glimpses of shifting emotions and ambivalent reflections of post-war America.(Professor Meredith Neuman)

Published in 1866, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War is a collection of poems about the Civil War by Herman Melville. Many of the poems are inspired by second- and third-hand accounts from print news sources (especially the Rebellion Record) and from family and friends. A handful of trips Melville took before, during, and after the war provide additional angles of vision into the battles, the personalities, and the moods of war. In an opening note, Melville describes his project not so much as a systematic chronicle (though many of the individual poems refer to specific events) but as a kind of memory piece of national experience. The “aspects” to which he refers in the title are as diverse as “the moods of involuntary meditation—moods variable, and at times widely at variance.” Much of the verse is stylistically conventional (more so than modern readers perhaps expect from the author of Moby-Dick), but the shifting subjectivities and unresolved traumas that unfold in the collection merit repeated contemplation. Melville’s Battle-Pieces do not offer a neatly versified narrative of the Civil War but rather kaleidescopic glimpses of shifting emotions and ambivalent reflections of post-war America.(Professor Meredith Neuman)
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Published in 1866, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War is a collection of poems about the Civil War by Herman Melville. Many of the poems are inspired by second- and third-hand accounts from print news sources (especially the Rebellion Record) and from family and friends. A handful of trips Melville took before, during, and after the war provide additional angles of vision into the battles, the personalities, and the moods of war. In an opening note, Melville describes his project not so much as a systematic chronicle (though many of the individual poems refer to specific events) but as a kind of memory piece of national experience. The “aspects” to which he refers in the title are as diverse as “the moods of involuntary meditation—moods variable, and at times widely at variance.” Much of the verse is stylistically conventional (more so than modern readers perhaps expect from the author of Moby-Dick), but the shifting subjectivities and unresolved traumas that unfold in the collection merit repeated contemplation. Melville’s Battle-Pieces do not offer a neatly versified narrative of the Civil War but rather kaleidescopic glimpses of shifting emotions and ambivalent reflections of post-war America.(Professor Meredith Neuman)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Clark University

Length:

2h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

00:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:59


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:12


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:43


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

00:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

01:58