The Second Sentence reviewed Beechenbrook: A Rhyme of the War by Margaret Junkin Preston for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here’s an excerpt:
Now, I’m no poetry critic. To me, there are two kinds of poetry: the kind that rhymes and the kind that doesn’t. I like the kind that rhymes. I can’t intelligently critique Beechenbrook in terms of poetry, but I can say that I enjoyed Preston’s style. The language is direct, clear and sometimes surprisingly (for lack of a better word) modern, in contrast to the involved and flowery style one expects from Victorian-era literature. I was particularly impressed by how Preston used descriptions of the changing seasons and weather to highlight events in the narrative, by drawing either parallels or sharp contrasts.
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