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The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy by Various is a thought-provoking and comprehensive collection of essays, articles, and poems that delves into the realms of literature and national policy. The anthology provides insight into the literary landscape and socio-political climate of 19th-century America, making it an invaluable resource for both scholars and history enthusiasts.

One of the standout features of this volume is its diverse range of topics and perspectives. Written by various authors, each piece explores a different facet of literature or national policy, offering a multi-dimensional approach to understanding these subjects. From insightful essays discussing the impact of literature on society to thought-provoking analyses of American policies, the anthology covers a broad spectrum of issues relevant to its time.

The collection provides a fascinating glimpse into the literary scene of the era, showcasing works of both established and emerging writers. The inclusion of poems adds an artistic touch to the volume, allowing readers to explore the power of language and its ability to convey complex emotions and ideas. Particularly striking are the poems that reflect on the prevalent themes of the time, such as patriotism, loss, and hope, giving readers a deeper understanding of the sentiments that permeated American society during the Civil War.

Additionally, the essays dedicated to national policy shed light on the political discourse of the time. These thought-provoking pieces provide insights into the debates surrounding the preservation of the Union, emancipation, and other key issues that shaped America's history. By presenting a range of perspectives, the anthology invites readers to engage critically with the ideas and arguments put forth, encouraging them to form their own opinions.

While the publication date might deter some readers, this anthology remains highly relevant today. Its exploration of literature's role in shaping national identity and the intersection of literature and politics offers timeless insights. By examining the historical context in which these pieces were written, readers gain a deeper appreciation for the cultural, social, and political forces that have shaped American literature and policy.

However, the volume's strength, its diversity, can also be its weakness. The sheer variety of topics covered may overwhelm readers seeking a more focused examination of specific subjects. Additionally, the language and style used in some of the older pieces may present a challenge for contemporary readers, who may find it necessary to dedicate extra time and effort to fully grasp the content.

In conclusion, the Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy by Various is a remarkable collection that offers valuable insights into the literary and political landscapes of 19th-century America. Despite its age, the volume's themes and ideas remain relevant today, making it a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the relationship between literature, politics, and national identity.

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VOL. III. APRIL, 1863. No. IV.


Every nation has its legend of a 'golden age' when all was young and fresh and fair ' comme les couleurs primitives de la nature ' even before the existence of this gaunt shadow of Sorrow the shadow of ourselves that ever stalks in company with us; an epoch of Saturnian rule, when gods held sweet converse with men, and man primeval bounded with all the elasticity of god given juvenility:

('Ah! remember, This all this was in the olden Time long ago.')

And even now, in spite of our atheism and our apathism, amid all the overwhelming world influences of this great 'living Present' the ghost of the dead Past will come rushing back upon us with its solemn voices and its infinite wailings of pity: but soft and faint it comes; for the wild jarrings of the Now almost prevent us from hearing its still, small voices. It

'Is but a dim remembered story Of the old time entombed.'

Besides, what is History but the story of the bygone? The elegy, too, comes to us as the last lamenting, sadly solemn swan song of that glorious golden time. And, indeed, are not all poesies but various notes of that mighty diapason of... Continue reading book >>

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