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To a poet a thousand years hence

Clive Maxfield
11/10/2010 05:38 PM EST

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David Ashton
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David Ashton   11/14/2010 12:22:07 AM
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Arthur C Clarke had some thoughts on the subject. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" otherwise known as Clarke's 3rd law. And read his "3001" the last in the 2001 series, for some incisive observations about our times, seen in hindsight. I hope he is right, sometimes our society seems to be going backwards to me.

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David Ashton   11/14/2010 12:13:26 AM
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The thing about the internet is that you can find almost anything you want on it (except, in my case, data sheets for some prehistoric chips I have hanging around... :-) The question is, without the tracker-down and our blogger Max, would any of us think to track down that poem (or even any of a thousand others)? Probably not, we'd carry on tracking down data sheets and other boring stuff. That's where these guys come in, they're performing a "Value-added service!" And a good thing they do....

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Max The Magnificent   11/12/2010 3:05:39 PM
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Re someone making a decent living out of tracking down verses of mostly-forgotten poetry ... and then you have me who makes a living out of writing blogs about someone else who tracks down verses of mostly-forgotten poetry ... where will this madness end? :-)

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Max The Magnificent   11/12/2010 3:03:51 PM
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The funny thing is that this never struck me -- but then I think this column has been going on for mega-years now and quite possibly predates the Internet. I'm sure the guy who runs it uses Google -- plus a lot of folks who write in are older and may not know a "Google" if it bit them on ... an unfortunate place.

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Jack.Olson   11/12/2010 2:54:50 PM
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The most interesting thing is that someone can make a decent living tracking down verses of mostly-forgotten poetry. I have a great idea for your country; Get this new-fangled service called "Google" and anyone can do it from the comfort of their own living rooms! I found 527,000 references to that poem in 0.20 seconds. love ya, Max (I'm teasing you as a friend, my friend) keep up the good work Jack

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Silicon_Smith   11/11/2010 1:19:55 PM
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Lovely! ".. and foolish thoughts of good and ill," really thought provoking!

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David Ashton   11/11/2010 11:43:57 AM
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When you consider that he wrote this just one year after the "great war" (1914-1918) it's amazing that he infused it with such hope and optimism. It is beautiful Max, and thanks for sharing it.

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Max The Magnificent   11/10/2010 8:05:44 PM
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That's an interesting thought -- I shall ponder that -- Max

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Les_Slater   11/10/2010 8:01:15 PM
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I more often think what it would be like to write about modern life that would have been understood by those living a hundred years ago. Imagine making that poetic too. I did enjoy the poem. We are all citizens of time.

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Max The Magnificent   11/10/2010 5:52:53 PM
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Maybe I'm turning into an old softie, but this poem really moves me ... let me know if you also enjoyed it, in which case I may root out some more. Also, if you have a favorite of your own, I'd love to hear about it (max@CliveMaxfield.com)

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