Monday, October 21, 2013

Death as Metaphor 5

Writing, Poetry, and Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time
has not discovered the value of life.”
- Charles Darwin

Change is inevitable.  

Death is an inevitable change; a process of dealing with it to get an end result. Similar to a patchwork quilt in which each patch corresponds to the evolving pattern, so is the evolution of a species in which each organism works and grows in relation to others. The change we find in death has to do more with people witnessing death and dying, even how we adapt to death and cope. Though, other organisms vary in the way they mourn death.  

It was Charles Darwin’s curiosity that led him to become a Naturalist and study his theory of evolution. Just like a tinkerer who is curious about how things work, Darwin was curious about life in terms of living organisms evolving and adapting over time. The quote above explains the need to be actively engaged. This engagement goes toward all things such as in writing, research, art, etc. to feed the curiosity about nature. This directs one to think that literature writers, especially poets, must be engaged to discover new meanings.  

The quote also runs parallel to why death can be used as a metaphor. One cannot escape death--whether it comes naturally or not, but one can also create it inside of them. One can become ‘dead’ if they do not actively participate in their life.

Through comparing and contrasting, Charles Darwin analyzed his findings about variation and selection. Similarly, a reader analyzes poetry and other forms of writing by adapting to the style, form, and one’s ideas. Eventually, these ideas are influenced by what is read, and they evolve over time. Looking at an idea from different angles to try and make sense, such as Darwin did in his research, paves the way to writing as research, too.

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