November: Lincoln's Elegy at Gettysburg
It begins with the search for hallowed ground, the exact place from which Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. In bleak November, Kent Gramm makes a pilgrimage to the most famous battleground in American history and over the course of a month transforms his search into a discovery of the meaning of Lincoln's elegy for America's identity.
"The month begins with things that perish. But ultimately, November is a journey of hope, as was Lincoln's journey to Gettysburg. So too I will journey to Gettysburg in these pages. Like Lincoln's fellow citizens, I go there to assuage personal grief, to find answers; and I hope, for me as for them, that my personal sorrows become a vehicle for larger answers and a larger purpose. Lincoln addressed their grief, why not mine; he gave his generation purpose, why not ours."
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"Why?" Milton cries in Lycidas. What had doomed this gentle friend? But grief is not assuaged by answers to the question, "Why?" Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor with what he calls a "wounded faith," claims that the ...
Like a modern, he had a certain faith in human progress: things would get better; invention would thrive, the politics of nations like England would reject royal despotism and legislatures would govern, learning and art would increase ...
Let the month itself stand for grief and faith, a gray month of blank sky and cold winds, beginning in remembrance and ending in expectation— a month through whose strange beauty we all must pass and whose alien work must truly be our ...
be choosers of our faith. One of our tragedies is postmodernism itself, which embraces all possibilities and chooses none; for which all the past is present, and for which the past is illusion. But choosing a faith is necessary because ...
Turning to the Greek tragic poets for help, he worked out an energetic faith that combined old verities with his consciousness of absurdity and horror. From them, as well as from Abraham Lincoln, we can seize a light to bear through the ...
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