Poetry wars explains the explosion of printed verse at the end of the eighteenth century in america and the evolution of several strands of political consciousness articulated through poetry arguing that poetry not prose was in fact the dominant belletristic mode of expression in the early united states colin wells provides an important . The pen was as mighty as the musket during the american revolution as poets waged literary war against politicians journalists and each other drawing on hundreds of poems poetry wars reconstructs the important public role of poetry in the early republic and examines the reciprocal relationship between political conflict and verse. Poems of the american revolution the american revolutionary moment inspired and continues to inspire a vast body of poetry much of which attempts to allegorize the fledgling nations birth and cast its genesis in the language of archetypal struggles and timeless human themes read poems on the subject by william blake philip freneau phillis wheatley henry wadsworth longfellow ralph . This influenced the literature of the time battles in the american revolution were not fought just with traditional weapons but also with words pamphlets essays songs speeches and poems largely because of all this revolutionary spirit the arts began to flourish and people were inspired to express their ideas. The american revolution which took place from 1775 to 1783 inspired and continues to inspire a vast body of poetry much of which attempts to allegorize the fledgling nations birth and cast its genesis in the language of archetypal struggles and timeless human themes
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