Saturday, November 26, 2005

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?
-Edgar Allan Poe

In this poem, Poe uses a rhyme scheme and imagery to create a wonderful poem. In the poem, he not only states a point, but also tries to refute scientists. In the beginning of the poem, it seems that Poe has a dislike for scientists and of their "peering," into poets' hearts. Scientists try to find out answers for everything and as Poe writes, even love. It is not necessary to figure out why a person loves a person, it just is. There are some things in which answers are necessary and helpful, but for others it is nice to simply be stumped.
As Poe writes in his poem, and is my interpretation, if everything had answers, then the world would be a lot less interesting. Cures to diseases, why hurricanes happen, and sollutions to pollution are all interesting topics; when the line crosses into answers that people would rather not know, science turns intrusive. I think the purpose of Poe's poem was to state his dislike of sciences intrusive nature, and he simply wants to be left out of it.


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