By Marjorie Hope Nicolson
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With thy own smile the yellow topaz burns; Nor deeper verdure dyes the robe of Spring, When first she gives it to the southern gale, Than the green emerald shows. 20 Here are the red, yellow, green, blue, violet of the spectrum, but here is also something much more subtle and charming— the resolution of light into colors, and the return of colors back to light. Thomson begins with the white light of the diamond, watches in the spectrum the ruby's red, the yellow 20 "Summer," 11. 140-159. These lines, particularly those on the opal, are reminiscent of Newton's experiment with his comb-shaped instrument, which he reports in Opticks, Book I, Part II, Proposition V ; ed.
The light which shines so persistently in poetry of this period is, of course, not entirely either Milton's or Newton's. Much of it goes back to remote ancestors whom they shared in common—Hebraic, Christian, Pythagorean, Neo-Platonic. The first miracle of God was the creation of light in nature, the miracle of the last day the creation of the light of man's reason, the lumen animae, as St. Augustine called it. To the Pythagoreans and the NeoPlatonists light was a mystical symbol; so, too, it was to St.
11. 1371-1376; 1620-1629. In the early edition of 1727 the last part of this passage showed its ancestry in the Opticks more clearly: Low walks the Sun, and broadens by degrees, Just o'er the Verge of Day. The rising Clouds, That shift, perpetual, in his vivid Train, Their dewy Mirrors, numberless, oppos'd, Unfold the hidden Riches of his Ray, And chase a Change of Colours round the Sky. [ 52 ] COLOR AND LIGHT Thomson's observations of light gleaming through darkness are only less frequent than his descriptions of light during the day.
Newton Demands the Muse: Newton’s Opticks and the 18th Century Poets by Marjorie Hope Nicolson