Sonnet To Science by Edgar Allen Poe

Habitualization is referred to as "the inevitable process by which any artistic object becomes ordinary, therefore losing its power as an artistic object"(Karine Zbinden) People who spend their lives consumed in sameness become numb to the subtle magnificence of everyday life.Poets have the ethereal ability to bring defamiliarization to the ordinary of everyday life by exposing these subtleties, to create a new, meaningful perception of these places or words."Sonnet – To Science" by Edgar Allan Poe beautifully illustrates his poetic language as an antidote to habitualization.
Science, referred to as a scavenger bird in the second doublet, is "preying upon the poet's heart", destroying fantastical dreams and replacing them with "dull realities".In modern times, science is seen as a wondrous thing.Scientists develop new theories on the origin of life; they discover new planets and stars.E. A. Poe portrays science as the'enemy' of all that is adventurous, magical and natural "…driven the Hamadryad from the wood".Poe's use of mythical creatures contrasts with what science is meant to be.Science puts proof into theories while talk of nymphs and faeries requires imagination.
The idea that science has sucked the splendor out of the mysteries of life is what E.A. Poe so bluntly describes.Instead of the Naiad, nymph of fresh water, being the source of the flood, science can come up with a dreary explanation involving weather patterns.The Hamadryad does not tend to the old forests; science explains the cycle of photosynthesis.How can a poet convert scientific explanations into elegant art?"How should he love thee?"(Line 5)The poet referred to in the sonnet wonders why he should appreciate science when it is science that makes his ideologies seem foolish- "or how deem thee wise?"
Science, as a concept, has stolen …


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