[Milton-L] Tennyson Prior to Darwin, was The Failure ....
mthickst at hamilton.edu
Fri Feb 11 08:10:27 EST 2005
As the kids say these days, "my bad." I knew that.--Margie
>Lyell's Geology, I believe, was the book Tennyson was responding to.
>University of Mary Washington
>Margaret Thickstun wrote:
>> "Nature red in tooth and claw"--Tennyson, in "In Memoriam" #56 in a
>> response to Darwin
>Not in response to Darwin, since the poem was published 9 years before
>the publication of the Origin of Species.
>Knowledge of the appearance and disappearance of species was widespread
>and did not depend on Darwin publishing his work on evolution.
>Acceptance of the fact of evolution had also been widespread -- Darwin
>supplied a theory of how it worked.
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