Darwin and the poets

It was not only scientists and theologians who eagerly discussed Darwinism, but also among many poets, Darwinism was a hot topic. The later Nobel Prize winner and freethinker Karl Gjellerup was a great admirer of Darwin. This manifested itself when he wrote an ode to Darwin after his death in 1882.

Gjellerup, Karl: Aander og Tider – et Rekviem over Charles Darwin, ( Spirits and Times – a requiem to Charles Darwin) Schou, København

Gjellerup, Karl: " Ildens, Vandets og Isens Genier " (The Geniuses of fire, water and ice) (Illustreret Tidende May 7, 1882; © Det kgl. Bibliotek)