Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Day 852: Love, Logic & Space

'The Life we have is very great...'

After seeing Interstellar last night, I just had to find a poem today that would relate to it somehow, if only to make a bit more sense of it! (Interestingly, the movie makes use of poetry - Dylan Thomas' ''Do Not Go Gentle' - to quite an epic effect.)

Surprisingly, regardless of its reliance on logic and science, Interstellar's premise (or heart, if you like) revolves, as all human life does, on love. This poem by Emily Dickinson captures the feeling encapsulated in the film exactly. Note especially the capitalization of 'Life' and 'Human Heart'. Deservedly so.

The Life We Have Is Very Great (1162)- Emily Dickinson

The Life we have is very great.

The Life that we shall see
Surpasses it, we know, because
It is Infinity.

But when all Space has been beheld
And all Dominion shown
The smallest Human Heart's extent
Reduces it to none.

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