The Idea Of Science By Edgar Allen Poe Essay

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Science has continuously shaped and reshaped society from generation to generation providing humanity with answers and sparking revolutionary changes among society, however, what are the costs of all these changes? In the poem “Sonnet - To Science” by Edgar Allen Poe, the idea of science is put on trial and the effects that it has made on society is analyzed and questioned by Poe. The poem itself hints towards a new industrial revolution with Poe’s description of a progression in science, which leads Poe to questioning science itself and the effects of its continued growth. Poe’s use of poetic device within his poem such as using dramatic words, personifying science, and alluding to mythology, suggests that his attitude towards these new ways of thinking is rather odious considering how he credits science to generating more obstacles for creativity and artistic writers such as poets like himself. In the very first line of the poem, Poe writes: “Science! True daughter of Old Time thou art” (line 1). The obvious theme of the poem is about science, and Poe begins his piece with the word “science” followed by an exclamation mark. Why an exclamation mark? The exclamation mark essentially sets the tone of the poem to be rather loud and questioning. Throughout the entirety of the poem, Poe is talking directly to science in a sort of protesting way by asking it rhetorical questions implying that science is more destructive rather that constructive. After the shout to science, Poe…

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