We draw breath from brick
step on stones, weather-worn,
cobbled and carved
with the story of this church,
this meeting house,
where Ben Franklin was baptized
and Phillis Wheatley prayed—a mouth-house
The American Revolution, which took place from 1775 to 1783, inspired—and continues to inspire—a vast body of poetry, much of which attempts to allegorize the fledgling nation's birth and cast its genesis in the language of archetypal struggles and timeless human themes.