Thursday, February 12, 2009

‘suckling poets should be fed on Darwin till they are filled with the elegance of things seen or heard or touched'

Basil Bunting

4 comments:

AidanSemmens said...

A-ha! And more wise words from another of my heroes ;-)

Alan Baker said...

Two worthy heroes if you ask me. I've only recently learned much about Darwin's life; it's nice when someone who's achieved great things also turns out to be a decent human being.

AidanSemmens said...

Indeed so. Although I've always had a sneaking sympathy for Alfred Russel Wallace in the competitive, me-first way Darwin trumped him for "ownership" of natural selection while Wallace was safely out of the way in a Far Eastern sickbed.

Alan Baker said...

I guess we post-moderns have to accept our heroes aren't perfect...