Robert Pinsky says that only Marcus Aurelius can compete with Abraham Lincoln for the distinction of world class writer and politician. Pinsky looks at Lincoln's poem, "My Childhood-Home I See Again." "Like many prose masters, Lincoln was a reader and writer of poetry," says Pinksy. "The more ordinary part of the poem (published by newspapers after the assassination and omitting the more unsettling original passages) begins by describing a return to Lincoln's childhood home in Indiana after 20 years away. These opening stanzas look back on the early years with an idealizing, though loss-conscious nostalgia, 'as distant mountains please the eye.' Then, hearing about how many in the old place have died, he feels he is 'living in the tombs.'"