by Robert Frost
by Robert Frost
Released one year before his death, “Kitty Hawk” was published in Frost’s final volume, entitled In the Clearing (1962). Situated within an iconic, historical event (the first manned flight of a controlled, powered airplane), the poem probes the human impulse to invent ways of delving “deeper into matter.” Frost was one of America’s most celebrated poets, with four Pulitzer Prizes and a Congressional Gold Medal, and he was keen to explore the implications of modern science throughout his verse.
When I started looking at the characteristics of high achievers, I found that they had lots of things that made them special, but grit emerged as an important common denominator, whether you’re talking about a prima ballerina, a grand chess master, a mathematician, or a writer.
When the SAT was founded in 1926, it helped to level the playing field for excellent students who lacked the pedigree to attend Ivy League colleges. It allowed the very best students to rise to positions of leadership and influence in business and politics, regardless of background.
The liberal arts, which teach us to consider at the same time the huge and the tiny, are the antidote par excellence to this microscopic approach. Moreover, the liberal arts teach about the human things—what we especially need to emphasize in an age of mechanism and simulation.
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