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Thomas J. Brown

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620954

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620954.001.0001

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At Timrod’s Grave

At Timrod’s Grave

(p.9) 1 At Timrod’s Grave
Civil War Canon

Thomas J. Brown

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the grave of Henry Timrod, known since the war as the poet laureate of the Confederacy. Timrod’s grave was an important symbolic site in the struggle over the postwar direction of the white South. The initial lack of monumentation testified to his poverty at his death in October 1867. The chapter details how Timrod’s literary friends eulogized him; the Timrod Revival, which involved the publication of a new edition of his Timrod’s poetry, the profits of which would then be used to “provide a handsome tomb at his grave”; and Timrod’s genealogy, writings, and racial views. It also discusses Timrod’s “Ode” as his permanent literary monument and how Timrod’s sense of Confederate commemoration as a crisis of modernity made his work a valuable touchstone for later poets.

Keywords:   Henry Timrod, poets, Confederacy, grave, Civil War, monuments, modernity

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