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Life On Prairie Farms - EV Smalley
The recurrent farm problems of the nineteenth century were usually described in political and economic terms, but there were also social difficulties imposed by the solitary nature of farm life. One attempt at a solution was the following proposal by journalist E. V. Smalley, who called for a complete reorganization of rural villages.

Smalley, E.V. "The Isolation of Life on Prairie Farms." The Atlantic Monthly. Vol. 63-88. N.p.: Atlantic Monthly Company, 1903. 378-81. Print.

It can be reasonably inferred that "No brooks babble under icy armor" (line 33) is meant to


create an image of bleakness and death.


paint an image of the cavalry soldiers.


emphasize the peacefulness of nature.


reinforce the claim that the winters are quite harsh.

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