Journal

What Is A Broadside?

“A broadside is literally a sheet of paper with a printed message on the front side. In olden days a “broadside” meant a barrage of cannonfire launched by one ship against another.…

A broadside could also be a political statement or opinion on a sheet printed to be nailed up in the village square or distributed among the citizenry. To “fire off” or “let loose” a broadside might also mean to write a strongly worded opinion-piece (nowadays a blog perhaps) to the editor of a daily newspaper.

Though its origins may be military and political, the broadside is almost always a poem, often signed by the poet. It may have an illustration or design, with, in many cases, the artist’s or printer’s signature as well.
The design may be the work of a famous printer or artist, and can be a work of art in

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