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  • Poem

    Men say they know many things;
    But lo! they have taken wings—
    The arts and sciences,
    And a thousand appliances;
    The wind that blows
    Is all that any body knows.

    ~ Henry David Thoreau

    (in context)

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Better to be a mortal than a Greek god

Posted by Matthew on April 20, 2007

Here is a good, short essay on today’s poem, which is, by the way, exquisite.

Not much to see on the Wikipedia page for Miss Praxilla of Sicyon, but I suppose that’s to be expected when you lived in the 5th century BC.

Poem: Adonis in the Underworld, by Praxilla of Sicyon.
Thoreau: April 20, 1841


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