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Title : Lee in the Mountains and Other Poems, Including The Tall Men
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ISBN : 12239269
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 404 Pages
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Lee in the Mountains and Other Poems, Including The Tall Men Reviews

  • Al
    2019-02-16 15:12

    This was a very good book and I read it through twice, and I discovered many gems the second time through. Davidson's poems in this work are characterized by nostalgia and pathos. However, the poems also evoke not just the aftermath of a terrible conflict, but rest on the pride of a region which continues to provide the nation with men and women who represent the bedrock of what this nation was built on. "Lee in the mountains" is Lee looking back on his experiences during the war while serving as president of Washington college. It presents a powerfully melancholy image of Lee and his regrets:Among these boys whose eyes lift up to mineWithin gray walls where droning wasps repeatA hollow reveille, I still must face,Day after day, the courier with his summonsOnce more to surrender, now to surrender all....The poems that follow are very similar; reaching back to wartime experiences of common people and the ashes that their lives have become. One of the more outstanding poems is "The Deserter: A Christmas Eclogue." this is about two old veterans who meet ona city street and paints a picture of the chaos which surrounded soldiers during and after the war, and the difficulty in getting their service recognized accurately. The second half of the book is "The Tall Men", which is an outstanding epic of history, from the earliest days of settlement in Tennessee to just after World War I. Davidson compellingly depicts the struggles, fear and hardship of the earliest settlers, and ties these experiences throughout the rest of the poems in this section. It makes for compelling reading and is grounded in the War Between the States, but in "The Faring", Davidson paints the same feelings of uncertainty and moorlessness felt in that period by those who served in World War I. His Epilogue is powerful, and ties back directly the content, meter and cadence of "The Tall Men":What did you die for? Nothing indeed nothing!The seed of the white man grows on Indian graves,Waxing in steel and stone, nursing the fireThat eats and blackens till he has no lifeBut in the fire that eats him. White man, remember,Brother, remember Hnaef and his sixty warriorsGreedy for battle-joy. Remember the riflesTalking men's talk into the Tennessee darknessAnd the long-haired hunters watching the Tennessee hillsIn the land of the big rivers for something.I highly recommend this work.