“First Stage of Cruelty”, cruelty to animals

Hogarth’s  The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751) depict, fictional protagonist Tom Nero as he progresses from cruelty to animals as a child, to cruelty to animals as an adult. While various Scenes of sportive Woe, The Infant Race employ, And tortur’d Victims bleeding shew, The Tyrant in the Boy. Behold! a Youth of gentler Heart, To…

Busting a Rhyme for Evolution

A bit of light reading. Poetry is not the usual fare here, however this is about evolution so I thought it appropriate. The title comes from a section in Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. “As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides…