Rhythms of Change: The Victorian Science Poems of May Kendall | Curio

Rhythms of Change: The Victorian Science Poems of May Kendall

12 mins | May 30, 2018

The publication of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origins of Species’ in 1859 paved the way for a new understanding of human nature as constantly changing, evolving. With this idea came the hope of disrupting class, gender, and racial hierarchies: “If species and geology are not fixed, than neither are human systems of oppression.” Olivia Rosane, writing in The New Inquiry, pays tribute to May Kendall, the 19th century English poet who challenged the status quo through her remarkable poetry of Evolutionary Feminism.

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From The New Inquiry