This poem was written by the American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1800-92) to honor the Maryland Unionist Barbara Fritchie (or Frietchie, as he spells it), who allegedly waved the American flag at Confederate general Stonewall Jackson's troops as they passed by her home in Frederick, Maryland, on their way to...
Barbara Frietchie has been called "the first female hero in American history." She has also been criticized for being a "cruel and heartless woman" who showed "little regard for human life." However, like many women of that time, she had no choice but to stay with her family farm after her husband died. Since it was considered shameful for a woman to be without a husband or father, she was forced to continue running the farm alone.
In addition to being praised for her courage, Barbara Frietchie has been criticized for her loyalty to the Confederacy. This made many people dislike her, but there was nothing she could do about it since the South had seceded from the Union back in 1861.
John Greenleaf Whittier's poem "Barbara Frietchie" was first published in the August 1864 issue of the New York Tribune. It was later included in his collection of poems entitled Songs of Three Nations (1865).
Whittier has stated that he based his poem on a popular narrative during the American Civil War. Barbara Frietchie demonstrated her patriotism in the following ways. In Whittier's "Barbara Frietchie," Barbara Frietchie saves the country's flag to show her allegiance to the union. She was judged guilty by some people and sentenced to death for her actions, but she saved many lives by keeping open her school while most other people were staying home to fight in the war.
In addition to this, several other characters in the poem showed their support for the Union. One of them was William Jennings Bryan who was a famous orator at the time. He spoke out against slavery even though it wasn't considered a good thing back then. He also happened to be from Pennsylvania where many soldiers were fighting for the North. Another character who supported the Union was George Washington Matsell who owned a gun shop. Guns were needed by the soldiers so they could protect themselves which is why Mattes made sure to keep his store open even though doing so was not profitable.
Finally, there was Joseph Conrad Corwin who wrote poems in support of the Union. He too lived in Pennsylvania and many of his poems focused on the struggles of those living in the area who were affected by the war.
Overall, Barbara Frietchie showed her loyalty to her country by supporting the Union and by saving the lives of others by keeping her school open despite being poor.
"Barbara Frietchie" by John Greenleaf Whittier is today's poem. Yesterday, I discussed the patriotic legend of "Paul Revere's Ride," as told in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's renowned 1861 poem. Today, we will look at another famous poem that mentions a real person: "Barbara Frietchie" by John Greenleaf Whittier.
In 1831, Abigail Adams was living with her family in London, where her husband was serving as ambassador to England. While they were still in the United States, she had given birth to a daughter they called Nabby. Now a young mother again, Abigail and her husband Thomas were worried about their daughter. She had never been very healthy and now she suffered from tuberculosis. Despite all their efforts, she died at the age of nineteen on July 2, 1816.
While writing letters home, Abigail often used as inspiration for her letters poems written by other people. In one of these poems, "The Night Before Christmas," Charles Dickens included a character named Ebenezer Scrooge who resembled Thomas Jefferson almost exactly. When Abigail read about this fictional president, she must have thought back to her own life in America and how much worse it would be without freedom of speech and press.
Barbara Fritchie (née Hauer) was a Unionist during the Civil War. She was also known as Barbara Frietchie and was occasionally written Frietschie. Because of a renowned poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, she became part of American mythology.
Born on January 11, 1820 in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Barbara was the fourth child of Michael Hauer and Elizabeth Schmidlapp Hauer. Her family was very poor, and she had to help her parents support themselves by working in a store owned by her father. At the age of nineteen, she married Daniel Frietchie. He died when they were only twenty-one years old. This left Barbara with four children under the age of six. To make matters worse, the estate from which her husband died was not enough to support their entire family.
Because there was no work for a woman at that time, Barbara decided to become an army nurse. In April 1864, she traveled to Washington, D.C. with her mother and two of her sisters. There, they offered their services to the Union Army as nurses. The army accepted them into its service, and over the next three years, they cared for many sick and wounded soldiers. During that time, she wrote a poem called "The Soldier's Mother" about her experiences nursing injured men. After the war ended, Barbara moved with her family back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where they started a farm.
I glanced down at midday and saw none. So, I went outside to see if the horse was still there. He was. I walked over to him and gave him a hug. Then, I returned inside and finished reading "Paul Revere's Ride."
After the Revolution, Whittier wrote several poems about Paul Revere. His most famous one is entitled "Barbara Frietchie." In this poem, Barbara Frietchie is described as being beautiful, brave, and loyal. She is also mentioned as having been hanged as a spy by the British during the war.
Here is how the poem begins: "O'er the grave of Barbara Frietchie / Let us pray! That her soul may rise / From its prison house of clay / And join the hosts above!"
The poem was very popular after it was written. It was often sung at political rallies with people joining in on the last line of each stanza: "And let us pray that peace may be restored to America!"
There are several other versions of this poem.
The speaker portrays a quiet community after the fighting has ended. Barbara Frietchie's flag, which she loved and revered, now hangs over her grave, and Barbara Frietchie and the Frederick, Maryland, town heroes have become stars in their own right for their fearless patriotism.
Here are the lines that refer to Barbara Frietchie:
"Her name was Barbara Frietchie, and she was a lady of courage and pride. The young men fought for her with zest and vim, And the old soldiers said she was one hell of a woman."
Barbara Frietchie was not only a brave woman but also a poet who wrote a poem called "My Country 'Tis Of Thee" about her love for her country. This poem is often used as an introduction at patriotic events such as Memorial Day parades.
In conclusion, Barbara Frietchie was a woman who was willing to fight for what she believed in even if it meant death. She showed how valuable life is and that no matter how terrible things may seem, they can always get better if we work together for one cause or another.