Posted by: Rob Viens | August 10, 2012

Mrs. Darwin

August 10th, and Darwin was still following the sounds of growing unrest in the city:

“During the whole of the night there have been several vollies of musketry fired in the city, & we all thought there must have been some heavy fighting.” (Aug 10)

But for the rest of us, a brief intermission to fill a quiet Friday night:

Darwin, of course, has become a part of modern culture – pop and otherwise.  I thought I might share some of these on his quieter days. Today’s entry is a short poem from the poet Carol Ann Duffy (Britain’s first female poet laureate). It has always been a favorite.

Mrs Darwin

7 April 1852
Went to the Zoo.
I said to Him—
Something about that Chimpanzee over there reminds me of you.

image of Darwin and a bonabo chimp

If you have other favorite cultural references to Darwin, feel free to send them my way. (RJV)

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