Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1865: "O Captain! My Captain!" to "Commemoration Ode."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Walt Whitman. American. 1865. Poetry. “O Captain! My Captain!” Commemorates the death of Abraham Lincoln.

Mark Twain. American. 1865. Story. “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Dose of quail shot keeps Smiley’s frog, Dan’l Webster, from out jumping the stranger’s frog.

Lewis Carroll. British. 1865. Story. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Everything happens with fantastic illogicality. White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter, etc.

Mary Mapes Dodge. American. 1865. Story. “Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates.” Hero is Dutch boy. Interesting picture of life in Holland. Children’s story.

James Russell Lowell. American. 1865. Poetry. “Commemoration Ode.” In honor of the Harvard students who had died in the Civil War. Added lines in honor of Lincoln.

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