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‘“Flyin’ through the air” James Clerk Maxwell and the Poetry of Motion’
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English. (English Literature)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1917-4882
2010 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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As well as being a remarkable science writer and pioneering physicist James Clerk Maxwell was an accomplished poet. Commemorative and occasional verse filled his correspondence and form an important part of his contributions to magazines and journals. Clerk Maxwell's chosen form was imitation or parody, most often he recast existing works to suit his occasion or purpose. Verse also forms an important part of Clerk Maxwell's expression of his ideas, a way of expressing relations and concepts in novel written ways. This article will trace development of Clerk Maxwell's own poetry through his reading and imitation of other poets, notably Burns, Tennyson and Browning.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279244OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279244DiVA: diva2:907731
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Available from: 2016-02-29 Created: 2016-02-29 Last updated: 2016-02-29

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