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[Perspectives] When respiring gas inspired poetry

02 Feb 2013

Sir Humphry Davy (1778–1829), the foremost British chemist of the 19th century, is best known now for his invention of the miner's safety lamp; he also isolated more chemical elements than any other individual has before or since, including chlorine, magnesium, and potassium. What is now less well known is that Davy wrote poetry throughout his life. A friend of the Romantic poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Lord Byron, like them Davy wrote poems about nature, the imagination, and the sublime.

Date: 
2 February 2013

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