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Review of Sherrington's book of poetry, written by Alfred Noyes and published in Nature in 1926.


This book of poems should interest all lovers of literature, not merely because of its author’s eminence in the scientific world, but also for its own artistic quality. It contains the most accomplished verse that has been published in England by any man of science; and one of the most remarkable facts about it is that the point of view throughout is purely artistic. The poem on Keats, for example, is a poem of joy in the artistic handling of words. It shows them “in music swayed attire,” shadows moved by the fire of thought. It shows them as “raised trumpets blown at morn,” or as “foamed sea-capes calling through mist.” It does not talk philology, but it finds them “still across this day of ours weaving fancy’s storied woof.”