Taking Richard’s Allusions: Poetic footnotes to Brief Candle in the Dark

Mar 3, 2016

Richard Dawkins reads poems alluded to in the poem he wrote and read at his 70th birthday celebration.

Recorded Oct 11, 2015.

Videography/Chromakey- Steve Shives (www.youtube.com/steveshives)

Editing- Stephanie Guttormson

http://www.www.richarddawkins.net

2 comments on “Taking Richard’s Allusions: Poetic footnotes to Brief Candle in the Dark

  • As I age and blank on names,
    As my uncertainty on stairs
    Is more and more lightheadedness

    Of a cabin boy’s first time on the rigging,
    As the memorable bottoms out
    Into the irretrievable,

    It’s not that I can’t imagine still
    That slight untoward rupture and world-tilt
    As a wind freshened and the anchor weighed.

    from In The Attic
    by Seamus Heaney

    reminds me of Darwin (and yourself)



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  • I feel incredibly lucky for listening to RD recitation of these poems that inspired him and his poem which I don´t know and I feel quite ignorant for not knowing the poem at the end of his book I didn´t buy yet. So, a brief candle in the dark is inspired in a Shakespeare poem , sorry for my ignorance.
    I feel now really inspired to buy the book to read the poem at the end. (of course, the entire book too).



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