Robert Penn Warren's Love Affair with America
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This article focuses on American poet Robert Penn Warren. As the Bicentennial Year came to a close, Warren published a poem, "Bicentennial," which repays careful study as an index to his mood as the United States celebrated its two-hundredth year of independence. The range of Warren's work, in poetry, fiction, and historical and social commentary, is a vibrant response to the promise of the U.S., but a response chastened by an acknowledgment that people often promise themselves more than they can deliver-or have bargained for.
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