Aeschylus & Robert Kennedy

I stumbled onto the work of Aeschylus through Robert Kennedy’s most famous speech delivered in Indianapolis on his 1968 election tour. RFK_speech_on_MLKIt is a remarkable speech not only for its profoundly personal nature, but also in that it helped turn an angry crowd away from violence only moments after they had learned of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. imagesKennedy’s words are also remarkable in that he painstakingly cites Aeschylus as a guide to understanding:

My favorite poet is Aeschylus. And he once wrote. Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. aeschylusWhile rioting broke out in many other cities across the country that night, Indianapolis remained calm, in part due to words of wisdom written some 2500 years before. 

3 thoughts on “Aeschylus & Robert Kennedy

  1. Maybe think of growing a thick manly beard. I think it would suit you. But then Kennedy was always clean shaven and that over guy, Mr. King, he sported a mustache. Heck I don’t know, keep on studying the old-timers,.. then just rip them off, like all the other writers,.. (?) Certainly take a trip to the Kennedy Library, there must be a few stacks that will impress. (!)

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