"For the Union Dead" by Robert Lowell was first published in the November 1960 issue of The Atlantic. Below, see the poem as it originally appeared:
Read the full text of the poem here. A new introduction to the poem by Atlantic poetry editor David Barber can be found here. Listen to Frank Bidart, Peter Davison, and Robert Pinsky read the poem aloud here.
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