🎤 POEM: “A Passion for Reason” by Sarah M. Fredericks

“A Passion for Reason” – a little satire to promote the Classics by Sarah M. Fredericks, Irish (1960-present)

I wrote the above poem while reading about The Age of Reason (The Enlightenment) which occurred in 17th and 18th century Europe.  A group of philosophical intellectuals decided that instead of relying on traditions and superstitions (especially those based on faith), they should emphasize individualism, reason, the scientific method, and reading the Classics to advance society. By publishing critical texts, dictionaries, and encyclopedias, these philosophers spread literacy across Europe. To help me remember some of the philosophical theories of The Age of Reason, I wrote “A Passion for Reason.” I have not included everyone, so my apologies to Sir Francis Bacon, John Locke, Isaac Newton, a host of others, and all the exhausted philosophers’ wives. Well, it is true: behind every successful man, philosopher or not, there is an exhausted woman!

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Carpe Librum!📚Seize the Book, and let the page-turning begin!

Sarah M. Fredericks © 2015


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17 responses to “🎤 POEM: “A Passion for Reason” by Sarah M. Fredericks

  1. Christine Ganis

    We enjoyed your intro to the Age of Reason. Bob and Tina

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Marcus

    Your poem reminded me of another poem! It’s about a poet – in this case Dylan Thomas. He describes a poet who writes for the sake of his craft rather than any material gain which may come from it. I am sure you will know:

    In My Craft or Sullen Art

    In my craft or sullen art
    Exercised in the still night
    When only the moon rages
    And the lovers lie abed
    With all their griefs in their arms
    I labour by singing light
    Not for ambition or bread
    Or the strut and trade of charms
    On the ivory stages
    But for the common wages
    Of their most secret heart.

    Not for the proud man apart
    From the raging moon I write
    On these spindrift pages
    Nor for the towering dead
    With their nightingales and psalms
    But for the lovers, their arms
    Round the griefs of the ages,
    Who pay no praise or wages
    Nor heed my craft or art.

    I read this at the Waterford Writer’s Festival this year. It was a bit nerve-wracking reciting in front of lots of people!


  3. Carl

    Great poem! Very clever! I like how you include each philosopher’s theory in your verses.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Marcus J Copley

    Brilliant Sarah – I really enjoyed that! You certainly have the few philosophers (I know of) perfectly captured. Write more poems!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Richard

    Hi Sarah
    Love this poem/ditty Sarah. I read a biography of Voltaire, and his life was very interesting. Really enjoyed this. I think you’re the writer in the family!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Karen

    Excellent piece of literature. You’re going to become a “classic.”

    Like the literary quotes and the illustrations that go along with them. Fun to read. (It’s a sound bite nation now.) Wish I could remember them all: I’d be so witty.

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  7. Shreejita

    Enchanting indeed….

    Liked by 1 person

  8. An excellent poem and well read. The music adds to the atmosphere.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Hayley Medeiros

    Yes, I enjoyed both the poem and the recording very much! I would add that behind every successful man is a long-suffering woman! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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