Video: Examining the poetry of death and the Civil War
April 04, 2014
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Dr. Ed Folsom explores how it became possible to make poetry out of the pain and grief the U.S. experienced.
Folsom, Roy J. Carver Professor of English at the University of Iowa, focuses on the ways America's two most innovative 19 century poets, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, became the first to wrest an art out of that horrific experience. He also talks about war photographs by Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner represented mass death and influenced Whitman and Dickinson.