by Sue B. Walker
A wealth of Information here about Darwin: http://darwin-online.org.uk/
Something I didn’t know – that Darwin’s father was a doctor and investor – or that his maternal grandfather was Josiah Wedgewood, the man famed for his china. And Erasmus (what’s in a name?) Darwin was also prominent.
The Beagle, the ship that took Charles Darwin around the world – but we’ve read Wulf’s words. A veer voice is calling:
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
A PROMPT: Shall we write of our own Gulf waters, our own sandy shores? Notice that Masefield’s poem is in quatrains. Three stanzas of 4 lines each.
Something else that I didn’t know – that pickles and lemon juice were remedies for scurvy.
Love the line that “Darwin’s mind was a hurricane of delight & astonishment.”
Note: Darwin kept a diary too.
One of my favorite all-time books is Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s book The Little Prince. Every child should possess this book and read about the baobab tree.
Some other interesting things to know: Antoine de Saint Exupéry, author of The Little Prince was stricken
with wanderlust as well as Humboldt. Antoine had been a pilot in the French Air Force until the armistice between France and Germany in 1940. He was anti the French leader, Charles de Gaulle and refused to join the Royal Air Force, so he left for the U.S. where he tried but failed to get the government to enter the war against Germany. Antoine died in a plane crash and his body was never recovered