In honor of Italian scientist and senator for life, Rita Levi Montalcini, who celebrates her 100th birthday this Wednesday and claims to be sharp as ever, here is Edgar Allan Poe’s Sonnet – To Science.
Rita Levi Montalcini started celebrating her 100th birthday early this weekend when the European Brain Research Institute held a special ceremony in her honor. Some words from Rita before we lay an Edgar Allan Poe sonnet on you to celebrate his 200th birthday.
“Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.”
Rita Levi Montalcini on Life
Sonnet – To Science
Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art!
Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.
Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart,
Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?
How should he love thee? or how deem thee wise,
Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering
To seek for treasure in the jewelled skies,
Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing?
Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car?
And driven the Hamadryad from the wood
To seek a shelter in some happier star?
Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood,
The Elfin from the green grass, and from me
The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree?
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