Erasmus Darwin | Critical Essay by Maureen McNeil

This literature criticism consists of approximately 41 pages of analysis & critique of Erasmus Darwin.
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Critical Essay by Maureen McNeil

SOURCE: “The Scientific Muse: The Poetry of Erasmus Darwin,” in Languages of Nature: Critical Essays on Science and Literature, edited by L. J. Jordanova, Rutgers University Press, 1986, pp. 159-203.

In the following essay, McNeil explores the historical and cultural background against which Darwin endeavored to combine science and poetry.

The second half of the eighteenth century witnessed a flourishing of provincial culture in Britain. Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), who, amongst other things, was a medical writer and practitioner, a poet, an inventor, and a theorist of education and agriculture, was a central figure in this blossoming. He was a founder of some of the provincial societies which were generating this activity: the Botanical Society of Lichfield, the Derby Philosophical Society, and the Lunar Society of Birmingham.

The Lunar Society was particularly important and has been described as...

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