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Science in Modern PoetryNew Directions$
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John Holmes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318092

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317743

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(p.210) Afterword
Science in Modern Poetry

Bruce Clarke

Liverpool University Press

The chapters in this book have provided new insights into the study of science in modern poetry. They have proposed novel and detailed approaches for examining the function of scientific language within poetry, as well as the function of poetry in engaging with science. They have advanced the biological turn in scholarship in the field, taking in modernist poets usually ignored by critics in this tradition, and revealing a multitude of different relations between modern poetry and distinct biological disciplines, from anthropology to endocrinology, from Darwin's use of language to the 'language' of the genome. They have proposed new cultural contexts for thinking about modern poetry, from diverse scientific models of knowledge to popular science fiction.

Keywords:   modern poetry, scientific poetry, scientific language, natural sciences, biology, Darwinism

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