MC 111 (4) - Steamrolled by Modernity, Summary of Robert...

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Steamrolled by Modernity, Summary of Robert Graves’ speech (take two) On May 14, 1963 Robert Graves crafted a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graves latest preoccupation had been to discover the mystique behind modern science. A poet probes for the mystique behind magic. “But ‘magic’ is a poetic, not a scientific, term; modern science was established to guard against a superstitious acceptance of magic and old wives tales”(par. 2). As a poet, he believed science intervenes on a poet’s pursuit of magic. The speech challenged the M.I.T. minds to abandon their “thinking machine” scientific approach. The innate character of the “dedicated scientist” and “dedicated poet” are fundamentally dissimilar: the scientist focuses solely on external fact, through analysis and classification; the poet chases discovery of internal truth. Each can only appreciate a fraction of the other’s work, a result of the reverse wavelength’s under which they function. Scientists discredit internal truth because it defies analysis; Poets resist
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course MC 112, 111, taught by Professor Lscott,petrie,walling during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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MC 111 (4) - Steamrolled by Modernity, Summary of Robert...

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