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what is a good black hole poem?

Postby TheVat on November 12th, 2014, 12:56 pm 

Much as I liked "Interstellar," I wasn't sure that Sir Michael Caine should be quoting Dylan Thomas, and having his quote be somehow analogized to diving into a black hole - maybe it was a bit pretentious? Anyway, what sprang to mind was Henley's "Invictus" ---

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
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Re: what is a good black hole poem?

Postby Marshall on November 12th, 2014, 4:51 pm 

I don't know the movie so can't judge how appropriate to the specific circumstance and story, but Invictus is a darn good choice of poem for someone voluntarily encountering a BH.

I suspect you are right about the Dylan Thomas one being a poor match, but I'm curious. What D.T. was it?

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Re: what is a good black hole poem?

Postby Marshall on November 12th, 2014, 4:56 pm 

Poems by Dylan Thomas
And Death Shall Have No Dominion



And death shall have no dominion.
Dead man naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.
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Re: what is a good black hole poem?

Postby TheVat on November 12th, 2014, 5:56 pm 

That would work! But Nolan chose "do not go gentle into that good night..." which, to be fair, sort of worked but was....overapplied, perhaps. I suspect you will enjoy the movie, given the starring role that astrophysics and GR play. I have liked his other films - Memento, Insomnia, Inception (well, parts of it), and The Prestige, and this looks to be as good as any of those. I think critics who don't "get" science will complain that it's all pretty baffling.
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Re: what is a good black hole poem?

Postby Percarus on April 22nd, 2015, 1:29 pm 

The Black Hole – by Percarus

Abnormally as it is, his life is clouded like charcoal...
The brunet thought deeply wether stuck in a wormhole
And in this process his spirit became jet black in pitch.
His heart was the colour of coal, so defiled in a glitch.

But oh, why was this so? Was it his obsidian pendant?
Mayhap it was his ebony pentagram ever-so prevalent.
Adorning his onyx ring he cruised the night searching
But for a sign of a flying raven or a dead sable in zing.

He knew his slate was not clean, he abused sloe wine—
And altogether the brunet had to justly simply define...
Define to his lover the meaning of his atramentous pad.
A pad he carried around with his wise words like mad.

His attire was dingy and yet dusky, was he ill-prepared?
He saw the ebon coloured raven and become aspired!
He challenged the notion as to whether black holes exist!
If spacetime was a livid abstract how could he desist?

Having reached his destination he pulled his inklike pad—
Right out of his suitcase disproving the event horizon in fad.
Then again his melanoid skin was the cause of his hatred...
A hatred for stars, lights, and all associated with the sun stud.

Murky were his surroundings as he pulled out the shovel.
He was now digging the piceous ground so as not to grovel.
Hath he wanted to grovel to God he would've liked the sun.
But no, the nature of his hatred was God in but humiliation.

The black hole he hath spent his life studying was fake!
A lifetime's work but for naught; for a mere namesakes.
Relativity, time, dimensions, his mind was pitch-dark
In a torrent of shadowy confusion leaving a great mark.

His mood so somber as he just dug deeper his final fate.
With his clothes now sooty he stared at the starless sky!
The man so sure now contemplated his dug fair grave.
There was no point to live in this stygian dark enclave.

With a sooty tear streaming down his swarthy cheeks
He glanced back at his pad in a big show of critiques.
Had he a family to experience Christmas just one time
His outlook would have been different in life in chime.

He pulled the trigger of the gun and down he fell to hell!
The man opened Pandora's box and in this process lost...

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Re: what is a good black hole poem?

Postby SciameriKen on April 22nd, 2015, 4:43 pm 

black hole takes in all
All to singularity
data loss perhaps?
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