Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. a few years before the Civil War.
Cambridge’s very own Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. is always included in Civil War poetry anthologies for his famous poem, “Brother Jonathan’s Lament for Sister Caroline.” The poem’s first stanza reveals that it is an allegory – Caroline is the south and Brother Jonathan is the north:
“She has gone — she has left us in passion and pride, —
Our stormy-browed sister, so long at our side!
She has torn her own star from our firmament’s glow,
And turned on her brother the face of a foe!”
Hear recitations of Holmes’ Civil War poetry along with others this afternoon from 3:00 to 3:30 at the Library, which is hosting a Living History of the Civil War.