Boston-born Ralph Waldo Emerson lost his father, a Concord minister, when he was eight years old, leaving the family in difficult circumstances.
Poem given at a banquet for victorious chess prodigy Paul Morphy. Lowell explains how he decided to give the speech in verse, and his opinion on speeches in general before toasting Morphy.
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