Does Science Diminish Wonder or Augment It? - Facts So Romantic

In its pursuit of explaining things that previously seemed beyond words, does reason stifle the imagination? Can rationalism coexist with a reverence for mystery?

Two great poems with opposing views, composed over 200 years apart—“Lamia” by John Keats and “Water” by Philip Larkin—address these vexed questions through the entangled concepts of water and light.

John Keats (left); Philip Larkin (right)Painting by William Hilton the Younger, housed in the National Portrait...

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