Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Great Regulars: But it really doesn't matter how modern

the ideas are, nor whether the hypotheses would have stood up to contemporary peer review. To merit re-reading, the scientific poem of the past should relate timelessly to our humanity, however wrong or right (by 21st-century lights) the science. Like all poetry, it should create its own coherence. Then we can happily read it, however fictitious, as a brand of magic realism.

Cavendish demonstrates a truly scientific mind in that she makes no assertions. She uses "may" and "may be" throughout, rather than "are" and "is."

from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Poem of the week: Of Many Worlds in This World by Margaret Lucas Cavendish


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