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Poetry from M.I.T.; Robert Graves

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05/14/1963

In this recording, Robert Graves delivers the Twelfth Arthur Dehon Little Memorial Lecture, an address titled "Nine Hundred Iron Chariots." Established nearly two decades earlier in order to "promote interest in and stimulate discussion of the social implications inherent in the development of science," earlier Little Lectures had been delivered by luminaries such as Detlev W. Bronk, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Leo Szilard. Graves, was the first literary figure to assume the role, and was given a lengthy introduction for the occasion by MIT President Julius Adams Stratton. Warning the audience that the first part of his lecture "is pretty alright" but that “it gets a bit wild toward the end,” Graves's lecture explores the relationship between poets and scientists, whom, in his estimation, "evidently stand at the opposite extremes of contemporary thought," with the former focusing on "internal truth," and the latter on "external fact." Praising MIT for its emphasis on the humanities, but questioning the institution's relative indifference toward the contributions of women, his lecture culminates by alluding to a story from the Book of Judges concerning the triumph of Barak and Deborah over Sisera, and he concludes by asking the assembled hall to “forgive me if I have offended. I am only a poet.” Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Jim Cocola.


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Series
Poetry from M.I.T.
Program
Robert Graves
Series Description

Radio series. Series release date: 1963

Program Description

Radio

Duration

01:09:36

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Audio

Subjects
Artistic Influences
Poetry readings (Sound recordings)
Nine Hundred Iron Chariots
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Poetry
Art and Science
Arthur Dehon Little Memorial Lecture
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Graves, Robert, 1895-1985
Locations
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Genres
Performance for a Live Audience
Event Coverage
Topics
Literature
Contributors
Graves, Robert, 1895-1985 (Speaker)
Publication Information
Copyright © 1963 by The Trustees of the Robert Graves Copyright Trust
Citation
Chicago: “Poetry from M.I.T.; Robert Graves,” 05/14/1963, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_E2043B1A0FD144ED8E01795240C97CC2.
MLA: “Poetry from M.I.T.; Robert Graves.” 05/14/1963. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_E2043B1A0FD144ED8E01795240C97CC2>.
APA: Poetry from M.I.T.; Robert Graves. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_E2043B1A0FD144ED8E01795240C97CC2
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