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Sonnet - To Science Analysis

Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 2135

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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?


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During the Romantic era poets explored our once infinite world naively, seeing it as devoid of any true answers, Poe earnestly believes that one must put his faith in nature rather than the scholars or the \"vultures\". Poe would be disgusted by modern day America simply because we turn to guardians for answers when we can step outside and find things in nature. Poe believes that science is a monster demolishing our true intuitive minds. He stresses the need for room in our minds for creativity and imagination, but argues it is absent when science dominates our minds.

| Posted on 2010-12-14 | by a guest

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i believe Poe is expressing how science tends to tear things apart that are not proven. Myths of gods and goddesses of the sky, earth. Science but still wishes to keep his pure passion for the love of nature. He alluding to the fact that science destroys the imagination of the world.

| Posted on 2010-08-13 | by a guest

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Analisys of Sonnet to Science Poe wrote Sonnet to Science in the beginning of his career,wen he was still young.It was printed for the first time in 1829,in his second book of poems. The poem is a traditional English sonnet,divided into three stanzas and a final couplet,with rhymes,metaphors and alliteration. In the first stanza,rhymed abab, the poet criticises Science for being a “true daughter of Old Time” and for changing eve

| Posted on 2010-07-26 | by a guest

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I believe that Poe is commenting on how science is a "vulture" of sorts who wishes to tear apart anything that cannot be proven. I think he's pointing out how science has one true goal, and that is to tear people from the beliefs that they hold so dear, to make people all the same.

| Posted on 2009-11-22 | by a guest

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poe is lamenting that imagination and creativeness is not permissible by scientists they only kill the nymphs with the gun of "logic" and materialize the world more and more..

| Posted on 2009-10-23 | by a guest

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I think Poe was purging his frustration with the way science changed literature. The sonnet served as a catharsis, and afterwards, he was more comfortable writing superstitious stories that are peppered with facts.

| Posted on 2009-10-21 | by a guest

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I think he is asking why he himself loves science so much when it lacks imagination and pulls apart classic literature.

| Posted on 2009-05-12 | by a guest

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My analysis is that Poe viewed science and a bad and negative thing and it erased how people thought all their lives before Science

| Posted on 2008-11-12 | by a guest

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I'd have to say that Edgar is saying here that Science is a creature that pulls apart myths..It's saying it is killing the old myths of the sea nymphs(Naiad), and the wood nymphs(Hamadryad) that poet's so much relied on in their writing(allusions)

| Posted on 2007-11-11 | by a guest

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