Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 137. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2020-06-26 14:53:19+00:00 From: Francois Lachance
Subject: poetry, science, insects Willard I have been beginning my day by dipping into a daily reading of naturalist Donald Culross Peattie from the collection _An Almanac for Moderns_ (1935 rpt 1980). The conclusion to the entry I read today with its theme of poetry and science reminds me by analogy of digital humanities: [quote] I accept the challenge of the artists that cool investigation may often be the death of poetry. As knowledge lessons the terror of plague, so it may take some of the soulfulness out of nature. There is a sort of Wordsworthian sermonizing that shrinks before the biological frame of mind, just as the childish abhorrence of insects vanishes with familiarity. But not all poetry is really good poetry (however good it may sound). Good poetry is swift-winged, essential and truthful description -- and so is good science. [/quote] I like the image of overcoming fear of insects by a biological turn of mind. One can no doubt imagine many cases where a digital humanist frame of mind does likewise. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ François Lachance Scholar-at-large Wannabe Professor of Theoretical and Applied Rhetoric http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance https://berneval.hcommons.org to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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