one side of Darwin
It was in his case the Nemesis
of Science — the price he paid for his magnificent achievements.
Poetry is not a part of science, but it is, as Wordsworth
once said, “the antithesis of science” ; it is a world outside.
Thus far, as a literary man, I am entitled to go, and feel myself on ground with which I am tolerably familiar.
But the suggestion irresistibly follows-and it is surely a momentous one--if poetry represents a world outside of science, is there nothing else outside?
This question I must leave specialists to answer, hazarding only a few hints which are confessedly those of a layman only.
There is unquestionably much in common between the poetic impulse, the impulse of religious emotion, and the ethical or moral instinct, if instinct it be. So plain is this, that the mere attempt to recognize in either of these anything outside of science is met at the outset with suspicion by those who have risked their all on the faith that science includes all. This was strikingly seen, for instance, in the Brooklyn Ethical Association
, the other day, when Dr. Lewis G. Janes
, in a valuable address on “Life as a fine art,” had allowed himself to say that “the art-impulse, spontaneous, vital, creative, breaks through ”