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New occasions teach new duties

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. Lowell’s poem “The Present Crisis” is an 18 stanza argument against slavery. This is poetic editorial, crammed with passionate pleading, laced with two-dollar words and high-minded symbolism. Can you imagine Khrushchev writing a poem instead of…

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