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El Jefe

Robinson is one of our most underrated poets, not because people do nt read him, they certainly do, but not enough of then give his understanding of people -- expressed with cold steel and a reserved but genuine compassion -- its full due. Like you I wonder what Teddy made of Miniver -- I'm sure he knew a few of him in the Ivy League of later Victoriana. And "as he assailed the seasons", besides being one of the great phrases in American verse, is as good an epitaph for TR's way of living as any we've got.

Also one of the most underrated S&G songs there; sure the communicant know it but not enough other folks do.

El Jefe

And in reference to your title: Teddy was a Progressive (though not always a progressive) because, aside from environmentalism, he understood the tendency of capitalism to lapse into feudalism and the essential, constant need to nip that crap in the bud.

Falstaff

Wonderful post. Wonderful.

And as regards biographies of T. Roosevelt (who, as you surely know, was never "Teddy" to those who knew him well; he was "Teedy" to his family when he was young, and either "T.R." or "Colonel" to his intimates in later life), may I recommend my favorite of the lot? H.W. Brands's T.R.: The Last Romantic fascinated me from the very first, and I think it's the finest biography of the man.

El Jefe

Falstaff,

Good point. I'm a fan of Brands myself -- and he's now at my old grad school -- and that is indeed a fine study. Also loved his Grant bio, which may actually be his most academically important work (rehabilitating Grant was a long time overdue), but the TR bio may be me favorite too.

Lance,

That wasn't by chance a Smothers hiding in the background by the standing bass, was it?

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