The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation
Harper Collins, 05.09.2000. - 656 страница
The American Reader is a stirring and memorable anthology that captures the many facets of American culture and history in prose and verse. The 200 poems, speeches, songs, essays, letters, and documents were chosen both for their readability and for their significance. These are the words that have inspired, enraged, delighted, chastened, and comforted Americans in days gone by. Gathered here are the writings that illuminate -- with wit, eloquence, and sometimes sharp words -- significant aspects of national conciousness. They reflect the part that all Americans -- black and white, native born and immigrant, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American, poor and wealthy -- have played in creating the nation's character.
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emphasis on recitations , and students memorized the poems they loved best .
Certainly millions of young Americans memorized “ Shoot , if you must , this old
gray head / But spare your country's flag , ' she said , ” from “ Barbara Frietchie .
In an age like this, it is daunting to find entries for a book whose purpose is to
identify classic speeches, poems, arguments and songs, the words that became
an enduring part of American culture and that deserve to be recalled, even
Poems and songs, of course, are meant to be recited or sung aloud, not just read
silently. Poetry works best when it is spoken ... the decided rhyme that causes a
poem to become a permanent tenant in one's brain. Almost no one memorizes ...
tramping around the perimeter of Lake Waban in Wellesley, Massachusetts,
reciting the haunting words of Gerard Manley Hopkins's “Spring and Fall to a
Young Child,” a poem not included here because it is not of American origin.
THOMAS PAINE LIBERTY TREE In addition to writing revolutionary tracts ,
Thomas Paine wrote " Liberty Tree , " a patriotic song that was printed in July
1775 , in the Pennsylvania Magazine : or American Monthly Museum ; the poem