AUTHORHagedorn, Hermann
TITLEThe Bomb that Fell on America
PUBLISHERAssociation Press
CITYNew York, NY
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This epic poem addresses how the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki affected America's people; it describes events during the creation of the bombs and gives the poet’s vision of the relationship of the bombings to Christianity. The first of three parts of the poem tells the story of the first nuclear explosion in New Mexico from the point of view of a fictional scientist, profiling some of the real scientists at the event, including J. Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi, while paying tribute to the contributions of past scientists, such as Albert Einstein. The rest of the poem gives an account of the fictional scientist’s interaction with God, who is angry at the use of the power of the atom for destroying people rather than helping them. The author finishes with optimism and patriotism, emphasizing that the human soul can overcome the challenges of the atom. The poem was originally published in 1946; a second edition with a rewritten third part was released in 1950.

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