The Poetry of Abraham Lincoln Staff
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 10:10 AM
Among Abraham Lincoln’s admirers, a group to which I belong, there is an unfortunate tendency towards overenthusiasm. As with God, we ascribe to Lincoln contradictory superlatives—that this ruthless and effective politician was really just a homespun fellow, a modest man and true democrat in the best sense. But while God can manage to be both all-powerful and supremely good, no man who was born in the dirt and rose to be president of the United States can also be called “modest.”