In 1850 the Senate was wracked by a great debate -- perhaps the greatest in congressional history -- over the status of slavery in land acquired in the Mexican War. When a senator from a state with abolitionist sympathies voted for the resulting compromise, many felt betrayed. A poet wrote "From those great eyes/ The soul has fled:/ When faith is lost, when honor dies,/ The man is dead!" Who was the senator, who was the poet, and what is the name of the poem?
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Answer to Book Bag #450: (1) Diane Arbus -- (g) Howard Nemerov (siblings); (2) Lord Byron -- (c) Lady Caroline Lamb (lovers); (3) Caroline Gordon -- (i) Allan Tate (spouses); (4) Mary McCarthy -- (k) Edmund Wilson (spouses); (5) George Meredith -- (h) Thomas Love Peacock (in-laws; Peacock's daughter married Meredith); (6) John Ruskin -- (f) Sir John Everett Millais (same wife; Millais married Ruskin's former wife, Euphemia Gray); (7) George Sand -- (b) Friedrich Chopin (lovers); (8) Mary Shelley -- (l) Mary Wollstonecraft (daughter-mother); (9) Jean Stafford -- (e) Robert Lowell (spouses); (10) Richard Wagner -- (d) Franz Liszt (in-laws; Liszt's daughter Cosima married Wagner); (11) Rebecca West -- (j) H.G. Wells (lovers), and (12) Virginia Woolf -- (a) Vanessa Bell (sisters).
Winner: Ann Millar, Springfield, Va.