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Learning to See: Darwin's Prophetic Apprenticeship on the Beagle Voyage

George Levine

in Darwin the Writer

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608430
eISBN:
9780191731709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608430.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter takes Darwin's experience on the Beagle as his apprenticeship for his visionary science, which grew out of that experience. It focuses on his extraordinary capacity to ‘see’, and the way ... More


The Gravity of Things

Mary Jacobus

in Romantic Things: A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226390666
eISBN:
9780226390680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226390680.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Gravity and language are both material and immaterial entities all at once, entities that we are not so sure about how they work. A poet’s words, as Wordsworth puts it, should be weighed in the ... More


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