Dicta

The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

Thalaba the Destroyer and Other Forgotten Friends: An Invitation to Readers

Peter Wood

We invite NAS readers to submit reflections on older books.

Study Finds Poetry Slighted in Common Core English Standards

Sandra Stotsky

Significant overall reduction in time spent on classic literary texts will make it difficult to give poetry the prominence it deserves.

Forget Google, Memorize Poems

Peter Wood

Peter Wood writes on the joys and on the transformational power of poetry memorization.

NAS vs. Nas

Peter Wood

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) is sometimes confused with the hip hop artist and actor, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, widely known as Nas. The mistake is understandable.  Here’s how to tell the difference.

Test Your Knowledge: Hobgoblins and Consistency

Peter Wood

As we enter the last month of the semester, it's almost time for final exams. Here's a literature one for you, written by NAS president Peter Wood.

The Pleasures of Poetry in an Age of Abstraction

Tessa Carter

The case for poetry inside and outside the classroom.