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“Sonnet – To Science” by Edgar Allen Poe (1) “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? (5) How should he love thee? or deem thee wise? Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering To seek for treasure in the jeweled skies, Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing? Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car? (10) And driven the Hamadryad from the wood To seek a shelter in some happier star? Has thou not torn the Naiad from her flood, The Elfin from the green grass, and from me (14) The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree?” –Edgar Allen Poe In Poe’s poem “Sonnet – To Science”, the speaker says that science destroys art, human imagination, and the poet(speaker) himself. The speaker in Poe’s sonnet makes the claim that science destroys art. Poe’s sonnet is chalk-full of allusions to Greek mythology - tales that provide many of the foundations of modern literature and art.
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Unformatted text preview: Science, says the speaker, “drag[s] Diana from her car”(9) and “drive[s] the Hamadryad from the wood”(10). Science takes the glory of the goddess Diana and sets her apart from the moon, through the explanation and understanding of the moon merely as a sphere of ice and rock. Taking away the mystery of the forests and the trees removes the glory of the Hamadryad’s, leaving them without physical attachment to myth or spirituality. The acts of Diana being pulled from her car (the moon), and the Hamadryad’s being taken from their trees portray the speaker’s feelings about the effects of science upon common art: that it destroys and removes those magical and spiritual creations that we relate to the things we consider wondrous, for example the moon and the forest. Science is also viewed as in opposition to the human imagination. Science advancement is viewed by the speaker as a “vulture” with wings made of “dull [reality]”(4),...
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