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Analysis and comments on Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Comment 17 of 21, added on May 22nd, 2010 at 12:03 PM.
Concord Hymn

Emerson originally wrote-in stanza four, "O Thou ..." who made those brave
heroes dare... He later changed the wording to, "Spirit..." who made those
brave heroes dare...

In a nation dedicated to separation of church and state, Emerson (perhaps)
was sensitive to not choosing any too specific a term for Divine Providence
, the Almighty , God, etc. As a Unitarian Universalist Minister, and
characteristic of Emerson the person, to not select a more 'weighty'
reference fits my image of who he was and what he believed in and what he
was attempting to convey.

I also personally prefer the eventually 'weakened', perhaps, more benign
cosmological referent, "Spirit..."
I, too,think that with maturity, his great belief in personal freedom, he
wouldn't use any words that might be construed to attach to any specific
set of beliefs.

Some have said that there was only a British flag (Colors) at Concord that
day and the very first 'shots' were apparently fired by these same British
troops earlier in Lexington. .

I believe the, "Concord Hymn", a masterpiece.

It was written to be sung, apparently and I have read that Henry David
Thoreau was in the 'choir'. I have read conversely that it was sung that
day only by a male soloist.

Rafter Jack from United States
Comment 16 of 21, added on March 18th, 2010 at 1:37 PM.
oh, I forgot--

"The rythme is elementary and the use of rythme could use a lot of

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Comment 15 of 21, added on March 18th, 2010 at 1:28 PM.

hahaha! Poems need rhythm, dummy! ahahahhha

It's all about delivery. Lol, I guess if you're joking that makes sense.
I would hate to hear you tell a joke though! Although you do make me

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Comment 13 of 21, added on February 2nd, 2009 at 7:01 PM.

I think this piece has a really amazing interpretation of life becoming
ever flowing and clear but at the same time dusty and tiresome. This poem
reminds me that life is both cleansing and unforgiving, peaceful as well as
mournful. I like this poem a lot and what it represents to me.

Shami from United States
Comment 12 of 21, added on March 31st, 2008 at 2:30 PM.

This poem was written by Emerson to commemorate the raising of a monument
to the Battle of Lexington and Concord, April 19, 1775.

"By the rude bridge that arched the flood" - an old definition of the word
"rude" is "unpolished" or "rudimentary" -- a handmade bridge going over the
Concord River.

"Their flag to April's breeze unfurled" - with their flag waving in the
April breeze

"Here once the embattled farmers stood" - self explanatory, the "here" is
the banks of Concord River by the bridge

"And fired the shot heard round the world" - the shot was reported (not
physically heard, of course) all over the world; it let the British know
that they were going to have trouble on their hands, and gave downtrodden
people in oppressed nations hope in their own struggles.

"The foe long since in silence slept" - As the dedication ceremony is
taking place, the British who fought at the Battle of Lexington and Concord
are long dead

"Alike the conqueror silent sleeps" - Just as above, the Colonists who
fought and died in this battle have been dead for a long time before the
monument ceremony.

"And time the ruined bridge has swept down the dark stream that seaward
creeps" -- the passage of time has swept the original, ruined bridge, which
fell into the river, away to the sea.

"By these green banks, by this soft stream we set today a votive stone" At
the ceremony, they are placing a monument by the River to commemorate the

"That memory may their deeds redeem when, like our sires, our sons are
gone" --the monument is being placed in the hopes that the heroic deeds of
the embattled farmers shall be called to mind and remembered, even after
the deaths of the children of the generation of people who are placing the
monument, who acknowledge that their parents ("sires") have already died.

"Spirit, that made those heroes dare to die and leave their children free"
- Emerson is talking about the courage of the farmers who dared to fight
the British soldiers knowing that they themselves would probably perish,
but nevertheless so committed to the cause of freedom that they determined
they would lay down their own lives in order to secure freedom for the next
generation ("their children") and beyond.

"Bid time and nature gently spare the shaft we raise to them and thee"
Emerson is asking the Spirit (higher power, or God) to instruct time and
nature to preserve the monument ("shaft") that is being erected in memory
of the heroes of the Battle and in honor of the Sprit (higher power, or

Karen from United States

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Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poem: Concord Hymn
Added: Feb 21 2003
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