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Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

John Holmes


Is a Darwinian universe necessarily a godless one? What might Darwinism tell us about the nature of God? Is Darwinism compatible with immortality, and if not, how can we face death or the loss of those we love? This book explores the ways in which some of the most perceptive and powerful British and American poets of the last 150 years have grappled with the questions raised by Darwinism, from Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning and Thomas Hardy, through Robert Frost and Edna St Vincent Millay, to Ted Hughes, Thom Gunn, Amy Clampitt and Edwin Morgan. Many of the poets referred to in the book are ... More

Keywords: Darwinian universe, Darwinism, God, immortality, Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, poetry, earth, kinship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748639403
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Holmes, author