Weekly Geeks 13-2010

This week’s Weekly Geeks post is all about poetry. April is National Poetry Month, and we Geeks are celebrating by posting about poetry.

My all-time favorite poet is Edgar Allan Poe. His haunting poetry is perfect for Halloween-time, but can be read at any time of year and still give you the chills. Of course, Poe’s most well-known works are probably The Raven and Annabel Lee, but one of my favorites is the little-known Sonnet- To Science:

Science! true daughter of Old Time though art!

Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.

Why preyest though thus upon the poet’s heart,

Vulture, who’s wings are dull realities?

How should he love thee? Or 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 on 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, written 1829-1843

I love the references to classical mythology (Diana, Hamadryad, Naiad). The poem also reminds me of myself when I was younger, feeling quite forlorn as teachers and other grown-ups crushed my flights of fancy.


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