Poetry | Veritas et Virtus

Veritas et Virtus. 1

We can have a conversation on the difference, if you’d like:

come equipped with any questions, 2

modes of inquiry into society and self. 3


An open exchange of ideas 4

accommodates the flow, 5

covers the nature of matter. 5


But how accurate are our understandings of what constitutes 6

characteristics of life? 5

Scrutinize the various ways. 7

Why do others attempt to remove the seams of our experience 8

when your success


depends on you? 8


Finally, you will have access, 7

closely, into someone else’s consciousness. 4

New ideas emerge, and old ideas are discarded. 10


To better understand our society and ourselves by looking at a specific part of our roots,9

consider some of the most important lines of thought in history. 10


Most importantly, you are free to have fun. 2


1 “Truth and Virtue.” Motto of The University of Pittsburgh. Est. 1787.

2 Introduction to Fiction. Joshua Graber. Spring 2018.

3 Introduction to Poetry Writing. Ellen Smith. Spring 2018.

4 Foundations of Biology Lab I. Rebecca Raphael. Spring 2018.

5 Foundations of Biology II. Sherrianne Gleason. Spring 2018.

6 Introduction to Film Genre. Kevin Flanagan. Spring 2017.

7 Introduction to Film. Kevin Flanagan. Fall 2017.

8 Genetics. Lewis Jacobson. Fall 2018.

9 Viking Age Scandinavia. Bernard Hagerty. Fall 2016.

10 Magic, Medicine, and Science. Haixin Dang. Fall 2017


Senior Staff Columnist Delilah Bourque drew upon various syllabi from her coursework at Pitt to write this poem.