"In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on."
— Robert Frost, an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America’s rare “public literary figures, almost an artistic institution.” He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works.
"Americans didn’t used to be gleeful about enemy soldiers dying. It is television that has made us without pity. Something terrible has happened to America." - Kurt Vonnegut Jr. at Johns Hopkins University, citing the joy Americans exhibited during the Gulf War, December 12, 1991.