For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell

"For the Union Dead" is a collection of poems that explore the American identity, history, and the moral dilemmas of the individual in the modern world. The poems often reflect on the past, particularly focusing on the Civil War era, and the author's own personal experiences and family history. The title poem is a meditation on the sacrifices of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment in the Civil War. Other poems in the collection touch on themes of war, family, and the passage of time.

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