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Chapter 22. All the World's a Stage: Wri... > Point Counterpoint: Speeches That Pe... - Pg. 253

All the World's a Stage: Writing Speeches 253 Writer's Block Never include material that's off the topic, cannot be verified, is boring, or might insult your audience. Model Informative Speech On February 12, 1959, the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the poet Carl Sandburg delivered a speech to a special joint session of Congress. The author of a Pulitzer Prize­winning biography of Lincoln, Sandburg included copious detail to make his subject spring to life. Here is an excerpt from that historic speech. Address on the Anniversary of Lincoln's Birth --Carl Sandburg Not often in the history of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet, who is hard as rock and soft as drifting fog, who holds in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storm and peace unspeakable and perfect. Here and there across centuries come reports of men alleged to have these contrasts. And the incomparable Abraham Lincoln, born 150 years