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We’ll likely meet Herman Melville a fair amount in these pages. This poem – written in 1860 – seems to predict much that is to come. Misgivings When ocean-clouds over inland hills Sweep storming in late autumn brown, And horror the sodden valley fills, And the spire falls crashing in the town, I muse upon […]

A Utilitarian View of the Monitor’s Fight

Poet Herman Melville lamented the coming of the mechanical age in this 1866 work. Which I have turned into a Wordle. Here’s the actual poem: Plain be the phrase, yet apt the verse, More ponderous than nimble; For since grimed War here laid aside His Orient pomp, ‘twould ill befit Overmuch to ply The rhyme’s […]