Did you know Edgar Allan Poe wrote a sonnet to science?

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Edgar Allan Poe was worried about science and technology.

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This poem talks about the dangers of it. It describes science as a preying.

However, the poem also contains lines which speak of wisdom. How can the poet find wisdom in science? Can today, almost a hundred years later, we find wisdom as poets in science? Poe could have never had imagined how science and technology would have lead poets to use technology in their favour.

Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art!
Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.
Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart,
Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?
How should he love thee? or how deem thee wise,
Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering
To seek for treasure in the jewelled skies,
Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing?
Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car?
And driven the Hamadryad from the wood
To seek a shelter in some happier star?
Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood,
The Elfin from the green grass, and from me
The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree.

Science! true daughter of Old Time you are!
Who alters all things with your peering eyes.
Why thus do you prey upon the poet’s heart,
Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?
How should he love you? or how deem you wise,
Who wouldn’t leave him in his wandering
To seek for treasure in the jewelled skies,
Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing?
Have you not dragged Diana from her car?
And driven the Hamadryad from the wood
To seek a shelter in some happier star?
Have you not torn the Naiad from her flood,
The Elfin from the green grass, and from me
The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Writer, Editor, and Literary Critic

Edgar Allan Poe was born in January 19, 1809 and died in October 7, 1849. Poe is best known for his poetic tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.

Poe's best known fiction works are Gothic, a genre that he followed to appease the public taste. His most recurring themes deal with questions of death, including its physical signs, the effects of decomposition, concerns of premature burial, the reanimation of the dead, and mourning. Many of his works are generally considered part of the dark romanticism genre, a literary reaction to transcendentalism which Poe strongly disliked. (Wikipedia)

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