Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Poetry, Patriotic Posers and Pensive Presidents

was looking up a poem i'd heard on the Simpsons and found on the same site, the same page, actually (different from the link above) a couple interesting things. First, Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" was listed as a ...poem...on the same page and he is listed in the poet list at top of the page right after W. H. Auden. The site is called "literacyrules.com"

Anyway, also on the same page is a poem by Abraham Lincoln:

You are Young
Abraham Lincoln

You are young, and I am older;
You are hopeful, I am not -
Enjoy life, ere it grow colder -
Pluck the roses ere they rot.

Teach your beau to heed the lay -
That sunshine soon is lost in shade -
That now's as good as any day -
To take thee, Rosa, ere she fade.

This, then, sent me off looking around at some Lincoln stuff. And found this, which was apparently his favorite poem, by William Knox. "He once remarked, 'I would give all I am worth, and go in debt, to be able to write so fine a piece as I think that is.'" And he doesn't lie.

Called "Mortality." I might mention he did suffer with bouts of depression. But it really is a nice poem. Lee (Greenwood, not Robert E.) couldn't make a country song out of it, but it's still pretty good.

Something else i didn't know---he dated Ann Rutledge, the she died of "fever." He dated then proposed to Mary Owens who gave him the Heisman, so to speak. Later, he met and dated and proposed to Mary Todd. Then he breaks off the engagement, then resumes relationship the next year, and is married soon after.

Clunky, you may have something to add, I know you're a Lincoln fan.

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