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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 57, July, 1862 is a collection of diverse writing pieces that provide a glimpse into the cultural and literary landscape of the mid-19th century. From thought-provoking essays on political and social issues to captivating short stories and poems, this edition offers a rich tapestry of perspectives and voices.

One of the standout pieces in this volume is an essay that delves into the complexities of the Civil War, offering insight into the various factors at play and the impact on individuals and communities. Additionally, the collection features a poignant short story that explores themes of love, loss, and redemption, showcasing the depth and emotional resonance of the author's storytelling.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 57, July, 1862 is a compelling read that offers a window into the past and the minds of talented writers of the era. It is a valuable historical document that sheds light on the issues and concerns of its time, making it a worthwhile addition to any collection of literature or historical writings.

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VOL. X. JULY, 1862. NO. LVII.


It is certain that since the time of Homer the deeds and circumstances of war have not been felicitously sung. If any ideas have been the subject of the strife, they seldom appear to advantage in the poems which chronicle it, or in the verses devoted to the praise of heroes. Remove the "Iliad," the "Nibelungenlied," some English, Spanish, and Northern ballads, two or three Old Bohemian, the war songs composed by Ziska, and one or two Romaic, from the field of investigation, and one is astonished at the scanty gleaning of battle poetry, camp songs, and rhymes that have been scattered in the wake of great campaigns, and many of the above mentioned are more historical or mythological than descriptive of war. The quantity of political songs and ballads, serious and satirical, which were suggested by the great critical moments of modern history, is immense. Every country has, or might have, its own peculiar collections. In France the troubles of the League gave an impulse to song writing, and the productions of Desportes and Bertaut are relics of that time. Historical and revolutionary songs abound in all countries; but even the "Marseillaise," the gay, ferocious "Carmagnole," and the "Ça Ira," which somebody wrote upon a drum head in the Champ de Mars, do not belong to fighting poetry... Continue reading book >>

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