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Civil War Poetry by Herman Melville

Civil War Poetry by Herman Melville
Civil War Poetry by Herman Melville
Civil War Poetry by Herman Melville
Civil War Poetry by Herman Melville
Civil War Poetry by Herman Melville
Civil War Poetry by Herman Melville
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Herman Melville never knew that he was one of America’s greatest writers and would become a world literary figure. Disappointed by the poor reception his novels initially received, he became a customs inspector and turned his literary focus to poetry. He expected to be remembered, if at all, as a poet. Moby Dick insured that this would never happen.
Melville volunteered in hospitals during the Civil War. His experiences with the wounded – their suffering and their bravery – greatly influenced him and resulted in some great American poems. One of these is Shiloh.
I encourage you to use this poem and its common core activities to open discussions about our shared history. I’ve provided directed reading, scripted reading, reciprocal teaching, research questions and a poster assignment to help you involve your students with Melville’s words.

This unit was endorsed by the Civil War Trust Teachers Regiment.
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6 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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