A daring, doomed quest to decode Herman Melville

A daring, doomed quest to decode Herman Melville
“Philosophy will clip an angel’s wings,/ Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,/ Empty the haunted air and gnomed mine —/ Unweave a rainbow,” wrote John Keats in “Lamia.” Keats famously accused Sir Isaac Newton of destroying the rainbow’s beauty by explaining it via optics and physics.
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