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What is the difference between history and memory?   As the late great Bernard Bailyn said, through history, we work on the past, We reach back and put past events together. And in doing so we learn about ourselves precisely by observing those who came before us.  Through memory, we allow the past to work on us. We receive our predecessors...

Certainly poetry at its best captures sentiments and human striving with immortal lines. From the tragic battle for Troy (Homer) to the quest to recover Paradise (Milton), poetry speaks to the epic panorama of human experience. Along the way, some shorter lyrics provide us with snippets of experience, wrapped in the sounds and imagery of...