Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Just because you can bring up Matthew Arnold doesn't mean you should

"...finally, it is said, he died by leaping into the crater of Etna to prove that he was a god. In the words of the [unknown] poet:

    'Great Empedocles, that ardent soul
    Lept into Etna, and was roasted whole.'

Matthew Arnold wrote a poem on this subject, but, although one of his worst, it does not contain the above couplet."

Bertrand Russell, "The History of Western Philosophy," pg. 53

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