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Analysis and comments on Shiloh by Herman Melville

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Comment 10 of 60, added on May 18th, 2009 at 1:45 PM.

IN NATAL,SOUTH AFRICA AWOMANCARRIES WATER ON HER HEAD AFTER A YEAR OF
DROUGHT WHEN ONE CHILD IN THREE IS AT THE RISK OF DEATH, SHE RETURNS FROM A
DISTANT WELL,CARRING WATER ONHER HEAD THE PUMPKINS ARE GONE THE TOMATOES
WITHERED, YET THE WOMAN CARRIES WATER ON HER HEAD THE CATTEL KRALLS ARE
EMPTY THE GOATS GAUNT- NO MILK NOWW FOR CHILDREN,BUT SHE IS CARRING WATER
ON HER HEAD THE ENGINEERS HAVE REVERSED THE RIVER THOSE WITH POWER CAN KEEP
THIER POWER,BUT ONE WOMAN IS CARRING WATER ON HER HEAD.IN THE HOMELANDS
WHERE THE DUSTY CROWDS WATCH THE EMPTY ROADS FOR WATER TRUCKS,ONE WOMAN
TRUSTS HERSELF WITH TRESURE AND CARRIES WATER ON HER HEAD THE SUN DOES NOT
DISSUADE HER, NOR THE DRIED EARTH THAL BLOWS AGAINST HER,AS SHE CARRIES
WATER ON HER HEAD.IN A HUGE AND DIRTY PAIL,WITH AN IDLE HANDLE,RESTING ON A
NARROW CAN,THIS WOMAN WHO GIRDS HER NECK WITH SAFTEY PINS. THIS ONE WHO
CARRIES WATER ON HER HEAD,TRUSTS HER OWN HER OWN HEAD TO BRING TO HER
PEOPLE WHAT THE NEED NOW BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH,SHE IS CARRING THEM WATE ON
HER HEAD


ABDULLAH ARIF from India
Comment 9 of 60, added on March 11th, 2008 at 11:44 AM.

i like your book

sepe from Micronesia
Comment 8 of 60, added on April 7th, 2007 at 10:51 AM.

Amazing poem. The author uses the placid scene of the church both before
and after the war to dramatise the effects of the war and to highlight its
irrelevance. the echoing of the churh highlight it's emptiness and how it
and god has been abandoned during the war

declan from Ireland
Comment 7 of 60, added on January 28th, 2007 at 7:03 PM.

does melville want us to think of the church as a good thing? or is
melville showing us that as a battle rages, and men die, the church is just
a building that stands there and does nothing.

Take into account line 11 where he says "[the church] That echoed to
many a parting groan". he uses the word "echoed". what does the church have
to do to echo? absolutely nothing... which is the point i think melville is
trying to convey...

Beau from United States
Comment 6 of 60, added on December 6th, 2005 at 9:37 PM.

This poem has such a deep meaning, and as you read it, it seems as though
Melville is trying to tell you to be quiet and listen to the quietness
after the battle, because of the way he uses many s-words. As I read the
poem, I could almost feel the peacefulness of the place, the battle was
like a great storm, and afterward comes the peace and despair.

Mary from United States
Comment 5 of 60, added on November 16th, 2005 at 10:20 AM.

this poem is very good i can see the deep meaning by reading this piece of
literature. I had to do an assignment for my english class and i picked
this poem. very good work


Brady Fincher from United States
Comment 4 of 60, added on October 15th, 2005 at 1:54 PM.

Very interesting. I really like the compare and contrast Melville does with
death and peace, an its just really interesting. The poem is really deep in
meaning.

Hij Juki from Canada
Comment 3 of 60, added on September 7th, 2005 at 8:15 PM.

I thought the poem was very deep and had a strong meaning. The swallows
sybolize the fallen soldiers. The poem seems very peaceful towards the end.
I am having to memorize a poem for my English 4 class and I decided to
memorize this one. I love Melivilles work.

Summer from United States
Comment 2 of 60, added on February 28th, 2005 at 10:30 PM.

wow! this poem is inspiring to me because of the way it takes the church
and the fight and intertwines them. each stanza is a little more powerful
as you read on. i guess in a sense melville brought peace to the dying
because of the fact that they did die near a church. melville really has a
way with words.

Jim Davis from United States
Comment 1 of 60, added on January 23rd, 2005 at 9:41 AM.

This poem was really good. It made me happy as i read each stanza. Church
is a happy place to be and this peopm brings that out in a way. not the
most obvious way i must say though. More people should read this poem
because it can touch the lives of many

jennifer Becker from United States

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Poet: Herman Melville
Poem: Shiloh
Added: Feb 3 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 10 2000


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