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John Marr and Other Poems

Herman Melville

Book Overview: 

Collection of poems by Herman Melville

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Bon Homme Dick o' the buff Revolution,
The Black Cockade and the staunch True-Blue.

Doff hats to Decatur! But where is his blazon?
Must merited fame endure time's wrong—
Glory's ripe grape wizen up to a raisin?
Yes! for Nature teems, and the years are
And who can keep the tally o' the names that
    fleet along!

But his frigate, wife, his bride? Would
    blacksmiths brown
Into smithereens smite the solid old renown?
Rivetting the bolts in the iron-clad's shell,
Hark to the hammers with a rat-tat-tat;
"Handier a derby than a laced cocked hat!
The Monitor was ugly, but she served us right
Better than the Cumberland, a beauty and the

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Community Reviews

John Marr may be one of the most devastating things Melville ever wrote, and the epistle that begins the book is striking if you know the publishing history of Moby Dick. The rest of the poems are alright.