Science and Modern Literature Poetry - Essay


(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Kelly Cherry

SOURCE: "The Two Cultures at the End of the Twentieth Century: An Essay on Poetry and Science," in The Midwest Quarterly, Vol. XXXV, No. 2, Winter, 1994, pp. 121-35.

[In the following essay, Cherry emphasizes the importance of communication between poets and scientists.]

In an essay first published in The New Statesman in 1956 and later included in a series of lectures delivered at Cambridge University, C. P. Snow said of himself, "By training I was a scientist; by vocation I was a writer. .. . It was a piece of luck, if you like, that arose through coming from a poor home." I, too, came from a poor home, though it was an...

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