January 20, 2006

“A Nation Made of Poetry”

Posted in Irin Westerfield at 7:35 pm by groupone

Joannie Fischer in her article”A Nation Made of Poetry” introduces us to two types of history:official and unofficial.No doubdt,official government documents(such as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence) reflect and rule history in it’s major way,but there is another great source of historical progress-“unathorized” biography of nation,concentrated in pamphlets,letters,poems and so on.Words of these pieces of art are very powerful and meaningful.They are so mighty that they are even able to control main historical events.For example,Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”truthfully uncovered the real facts about terrible slawery life.The novel’s language was vivid and live.This book sparked the Civil War.Betty Friedan’s “The Feminist Mystique” opened the new world for “silient generation ” of women who found their rights.Unnoficial history,reflected in art is as significant as official history.

One difference between official history and the history reflected in art is that the latter helps create the former: “The Feminist Mystique” led to the Emancipation Proclamation,or Albert Einstein’r letter led to the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,for instance.

The unofficial history is more passionate.It was written by thouse that personally witnessed the sights,sounds,and smells.It was not written in the sterile confines of a political chamber.

The author feels that official history is dependent upon the history reflected in arts.She believes that official history is ever-changing,constantly shaped and re-shaped by eloquent and informed voices that periodically emerge from our public.



  1. groupthree said,

    Wow…that was really well written. I didn’t choose to do that blog topic, but reading your piece filled me in and drew me in to the topic at the same time. I like how you used actual examples of how the art turned into history. I like your outlook!

  2. groupthree said,

    Sorry, that was Jillian M. ^

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