Civil War Connections

By: Bhargavi Sarangapani

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'The Dead' (Poem Relating to Above Picture)

I walk through this expansive area, seeing dead bodies filled with pride or sorrow.

I walk through this expansive place, with my mind chasing back memories in the past.

This is nothing really new to me, because these bodies lie everywhere.

As I end up the one carrying them somewhere, in the remains of the war wondering who they must be.

A father, a son? I will never know..

I walk through this expansive area, seeing dead bodies filled with pride or sorrow.

Poem by: Bhargavi Sarangapani
Song Lyrics to 'Tornado' by Jónsi

This song relates to both the photo and the poem.

The Story behind the Song Selected

There are many reasons I chose this song called 'Tornado'. I chose this song to represent my picture and poem because it had a sad and mourning feeling to it, just like what the photo depicted and the poem represented. In the picture, the man is sitting next to dead bodies and skulls, which tells the viewer how that man may have probably felt and what it was like to lose many soldiers. So, to mimic the same mood the picture gave off, I chose a song that is very far away from upbeat and loud music. During reconstruction, people even had jobs of picking up/burying dead bodies, which also brought out the sorrow of the song too. As can be seen, 'Tornado' s used in many ways to describe both the poem and picture.
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Here is another picture that relates to the first civil war photo, the song, and the poem.

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"I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, and not just military service." -John F. Kerry

Bibliography

  • "American Civil War." Kids History: Daily Life During the Civil War. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2015.
  • "Jónsi - Tornado." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 07 May 2015.
  • "John F. Kerry Quote." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 07 May 2015.
  • "Original Photographs of the Civil War." Original Photographs of the Civil War. Mike Nylaugh, n.d. Web. (same source)
  • "Space, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian." History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2015.