Poet: Robert Traill Spence “Cal” Lowell IV
Dates: 1 March 1917 – 12 September 1977
Title of Poem: Children of Light
Our fathers wrung their bread from stocks and stones
And fenced their gardens with the Redmen’s bones;
Embarking from the Nether Land of Holland,
Pilgrims unhouseled by Geneva’s night,
They planted here the Serpent’s seeds of light;
And here the pivoting searchlights probe to shock
The riotous glass houses built on rock,
And candles gutter by an empty altar,
And light is where the landless blood of Cain
Is burning, burning the unburied grain.
Brief Biography: Lowell a Pulitzer poet of the Confessional Poetry movement. His family history can be traced back to the Mayflower. During WW2 he was imprisoned as a conscientious objector. Lowell was also an active protestor against American involvement in Vietnam. He was hospitalised many times due to his manic depression now known as bipolar.