Constitution' was about much more than saving a famous 'landmark,' it was about remembering the stalwart American way of life embodied in this floating fortress. The second stanza recalls the ship's past exploits when her deck was 'red with heroes' blood. Marshal's decision, in 1824, was a major blow on states' rights. The American System created a protective tariff to American Markets. Not to worry; you can find this brief but famous poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes summarized and analyzed in this lesson! Holmes looked deeper into the ship's symbolic meaning to find the true reason for its preservation.
A plan proposed by Henry Clay, in 1824, to work on economic reform. It stopped the land speculation and the sale of public lands went down sharply. Additionally, the poem generated enough public sentiment that the historic ship was preserved, though plans to do so may have already been in motion. The British signed quickly because they were more concerned with European affairs. He was the son of formal president John Adams and became president himself in the corrupt election of 1824. The ship saw action during the , the , the , and the before earning her famous nickname during the War of 1812.
Holmes describes the glory of it and how it is a symbol of America's freedom. In the first stanza of Holmes's poem, we find mention of the ship's tattered naval ensign, which of course is no far stretch to connect to the national insignia. Personally I personally learned from this poem that people should not throw away what is unique to them; also, people should stand up for what they believe is just and not let others do whatever they want. If the final stanza of 'Old Ironsides' is any indication, he would much rather see this ship at the bottom of the ocean than taken apart in a shipyard; just as he'd rather see the nation destroyed than left in the hands of those who would neglect and defame her. Mexico, not very happy with this tried to close it borders and abolish slavery.
Aye tear her tattered ensign down Long has it waved on high, And many an eye has danced to see That banner in the sky; Beneath it rung the battle shout, And burst the cannon's roar;— The meteor of the ocean air Shall sweep the clouds no more. The panic of 1837 followed. Constitution was the third of four ships with 44 guns and was granted its name by President. When Jackson was president, many state banks received government money that had been withdrawn from the Bank of the U. Strong banking system to provide easy and abundant credit 2.
What they hadn't planned for, though, was the growing public attachment to the vessel as a symbol of American freedom and endurance. New York: Morrow, 1979: 42. Analyzing 'Old Ironsides' The subject of this poem, the U. However, even though 'Old Ironsides' might look to be just an appeal to preserve this historic vessel, Dr. Holmes used the ship's naval ensign, deck and original name to represent various elements of American identity. New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc. .
Holmes could have expounded more on things instead of just having one or two lines to sum it all up. This is done through many mediums including museums, movies, literature, and the restoration of these things. Led to the downfall of their party. South Carolina also nullified the Force Act. This is a stirring image of victory and glory that many Americans in that time period would have had in their minds whenever they thaught of the Constitution. Old World powers could not gain anymore settlements.
A network of roads and canals esp. This metaphor greatly adds to the emotion of the stanza, for instead just throwing away the ship to the inanimate sea, they would be giving up their beloved ship to an entity worthy of it. Likewise, with the structure of its national pride and identity dismantled, a nation can't continue to function - much less revisit the deeds of its glory days. The meter of each line in the first stanza alternate between iambic octometer, and iambic hexameter. A large public outcry was heard in favor of preserving the ship, and among those voices was that of Oliver Wendell Holmes. Constitution, was first commissioned along with five other frigates in 1794 when Congress wished to protect merchant fleets from pirates and British and French interference.
These poetic works have been an artistic and political staple since antiquity and has been used in a variety of ways throughout literary history to represent the machinations of the State. He was the first minority president and due to this was not liked by many and subjected him to many hostilities leaving it near impossible for him to accomplish much as president. They traveled from North Carolina and Georgia through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas-more than 800 miles 1,287 km -to the Indian Territory. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001: 6. In the end, even setting her adrift at full-sail and offering her to the 'god of storms' would be a better fate than having this once proud vessel of war dishonored with decommission. Constitution was one of the , commissioned by the.
This is a metaphor for the sea and the storms on the sea. Colonization's era had ended and England and other foreign powers needed to keep their monarchial systems out of the U. Many state banks collapsed as a result. With it torn down, however, the vessel has been surrendered, and what was an honored tradition of fortitude no longer exists. The poem was published in the Advertiser the next day and was soon reprinted by papers in New York, Philadelphia and Washington. Constitution - an American frigate originally scheduled for scrapping that year.