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Concord Hymn Analysis

Author: poem of Ralph Waldo Emerson Type: poem Views: 12

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Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument,
April 19th, 1836

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream that seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.


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well im addicted to alcohol so i can infer that Susie has three apples obviously

| Posted on 2015-01-27 | by a guest

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well im addicted to alcohol so i can infer that Susie has three apples obviously

| Posted on 2015-01-27 | by a guest

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the first stanza talks about America still being \"enslaved\" to Great Britain and not being completely free yet. It\'s time for justice to be served and that is the Revolutionary war. The minutemen were ready to fight and the \'shot heard around the world\' represents the impact it had on America.
the second stanza states that basically this is the first time Great Britain has turned the attention to America and war is going to be settled. whoever wins or seeks freedom then they will be the conquerer who will not be messed with again. Peace and freedom will be long lived before another encounter with a foreign nation. The ruined bridge, America, has changed and forever will be free. the country went from being controlled and dependent to independent and free.
The third stanza just talks about the men that will be remembered that stood up for America. Mounuments and placs represent the justice they\'ve done. Also, the brave, courageous souls they had to fight now and bring peace asap. their deed will be forever known. these men died for the country.
the fourth stanza also represents the men who fought in the war. they are heroes who took a dare without hesitation. they died, left everything they loved behind, but but made their sons, and country move forward. they did it for a reason/choice and not by force which shows the real hero inside of them. we commemorate them as brave heroes.

| Posted on 2012-11-05 | by a guest

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The first stanza is the whole key to the poem. Sixty years after the battle, Emerson knows the outcome. \"The shot heard \'round the world\" refers to the fact that the American Revolution inspired not just Americans, but inspired people all over the world to fight against injustice

| Posted on 2012-11-02 | by a guest

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Thank you to everyone that actually posted about the poem , instead of the immature kids who were running their mouth. It helped me on my summary i needed for my assignment. So again i appreciate it.

| Posted on 2012-10-03 | by a guest

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Everybody that posted is fricken fag. I dont care what anybody says. Youre all FAGS.

| Posted on 2012-01-30 | by a guest

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thank you for your comment above ussss!(:
you helped our history class a lot and understand the data!

| Posted on 2011-11-03 | by a guest

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i think the first stanza is hoe it wuz that it wuz time someone stood up (the farmers) an said enough the 2nd as stanza tells how braze they were an the 3rd i blive means that although alot of them did perish it wuz worth it bcause their children would b free

| Posted on 2011-06-05 | by a guest

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Nothing in poetry is obvious, so even if people point out what seems obvious for you, it may not be for someone else. Its all about perceptions....

| Posted on 2011-05-17 | by a guest

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I think the first stanza is really talking about the soldiers that took the first shot, and it was such a big deal that everyone around the world took notice to the Americans that wanted to revolutionize.
the second stanza is saying how since then, there havent been any real feuds between the British and Americans, and time has kind of washed away all the bitterness and control.
the third stanza is saying how they are dedicating a monument to the people who fought in this battle because they started something greta for us and we need to remember that.
the last stanza is explaining how passion and spirit drove these common farmers to become soldiers and fight so their future posterity will be free and prosperous. Then it just ways that they are, again, raising this monument in their memory.
hope this helps. remember, it\'s really just what i think of it. you can interpret it how you want.

| Posted on 2011-03-01 | by a guest

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I agree with the guy who called the other guy a fag!
theres just no room in this world to point out obvious facts that don\'t need to be said. haha what a fag.
god darn people. errr

| Posted on 2011-01-07 | by a guest

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it just so happens that totally disagree with the previous guest because he is obviously a fag. lol

| Posted on 2010-02-15 | by a guest

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I disagree, suggesting that a war would not take place on a bridge but that the rude bridge Emerson describes is symbolic of the non-professional yet patriotic citizens who strove to overcome the injustices they faced with the British.

| Posted on 2010-02-01 | by a guest

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This poem of course is about the first battle of the American Revolution
which was in Concord. The following is an explication of the poem.
In the first line Emerson describes the bridge in which the battle took
place. This bridge was apparently underdeveloped. The second line tells of
the American flag of the revolutionaries being held in the wind. Apparently
the revolutionaries were mostly farmers there at the time which is the 3rd
line. Here in line 4 “the shot heard around the world” expresses how for
the first time in history a colonial nation revolted against the British
Line 5 says it has been a long time since the British have raised a gun as
does line 6 about the Americans. In line seven the famous bridge that the
battle took place on has become ruined and no longer stands. All remnants
of the bridge are headed to the sea where it will disappear for good
according to line 8.
As proposed in line 9, there is a gathering for a monument on the bank of
the stream where the old bridge stood. In line 10 they talk of setting a
monument that will represent their wish to always remember what happened
there and the men who were involved. This is further set as true in line 11
where it specifically asks that the deed done by the farmers be always
redeemed. In 12 it says that they hope that the monument will help others
remember far in the future as well.
In line 13 Emerson talks to God and line 14 he tells says of the men who
thanks to their courage helped to set free the American people. In the 15th
line Emerson asks that the monument be spared the ware of time and 16 he
describes this memorial as a shaft which is erected to both God and to them
men who fought at the battle

| Posted on 2008-02-24 | by a guest

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