Wilbur Wright And Orville Wright by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet

 Wilbur Wright And Orville Wright by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet is a poem from a poetry collection called "A Book of Americans" which praises the hard work of America's first two aviators, Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Narrator - guides us through the thoughts of the Wright Brothers
Orville Wright - bicycle repairman and first American pilot
Wilbur Wright - bicycle repairman and pilot

Section 1:
  • Wilbur and Orville Wright agree that just because a bird has feathers doesn't mean that man cannot fly and have fun flying like the birds

Section 2:
  • Wilbur and Orville Wright build gliders, support each other during the development phases of flying and "praise each other's daring"
  • Wilbur and Orville Wright were bicycle repairmen

Section 3:
  • Even though the brothers crashed, they went on to "rule the air" which was a difficult thing to do and were never discouraged
  • Orville:"Are we discouraged, W?"
  • Wilbur:"Of course we are not, O!"

Section 4:
  • In 1903, in Kitty Hawk, the "first real airplane really flew"
  • Orville piloted the first flight and the narrator says that the Wright's will not be forgotten for their first flight as long as Man remembers his wings

Other Notes:
  • It was good to have the mechanical skills necessary to work on bicycles because many of those skills transfered to working on airplanes
  • The authors were proud of the Wright Brothers and in fact, ask the audience to cheer in the poem

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