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Frost, Robert - Time was we were molten, time was we were vapour

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015315

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Background

I think Robert is having a kindly dig at all those reinventing the wheel.......

Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas” is verse 490 of Book 2 of the "Georgics" (29 BC), by the Latin poet Virgil (70 - 19 BC). It is literally translated as: “Fortunate who was able to know the causes of things”. Virgil may have had in mind the Roman philosopher Lucretius, of the Epicurean school."

De rerum natura (usually translated as "On the Nature of Things" or "On the Nature of the Universe") written by Lucretius is a poem, written in some 7,400 dactylic hexameters, and divided into six untitled books, which explores Epicurean physics through richly poetic language and metaphors. Lucretius presents the principles of atomism; the nature of the mind and soul; explanations of sensation and thought; the development of the world and its phenomena; and explains a variety of celestial and terrestrial phenomena.

A description of the experience

Robert Frost – from The Poetry of Robert Frost

 Time was we were molten, time was we were vapour
What set us on fire and what set us revolving,
Lucretius the Epicurean might tell us
'Twas something we knew all about to begin with
And needn't have fared into space like his master
To find 'twas the effort, the essay of love

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Frost, Robert

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