THITPIN

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Summary

Of Many Worlds in This World by John Dryden (1631-1700)

Just like as in a nest of boxes round,
Degrees of sizes of each box are found:
So, in this world, many many others be
Thinner and less, and less still by degree:
Although they are not subject to our sense,
A world may be no bigger than two-pence.
Nature is curious, and such works may shape,
Which our dull senses easily escape:
For creatures, small as atoms, may be there,
If every one a creature's figure bear.
If atoms four, a world can make, then see
What several worlds might in an ear-ring be:
For, millions of these atoms may be in
The head of one small, little, single pin.
And if thus small, then ladies may well wear
A world of worlds, as pendents in each ear.

Show Notes

"Modern science has inured us to the wonders of the microscope, but Dryden's short poem rekindles a true sense of wonder." - Ana Sampson

This poem by John Dryden inspires us to discover the tiny worlds of nature and expands our awareness to the minuscule lives of the creatures that exist despite our sensory awareness. It is a reminder to observe these wonders (if we can!).

What is THITPIN?

Thitpin podcast is a fun and exploratory mission to uncover the layers of landscape, our relationship towards it and beyond what we define as our landscape to unearth and connect with people and places, ideas and history thereby connecting ultimately with landscape itself.

Each month brings a range of guests such as, from a monk to an environmental journalist, designers and artists, whose expertise, passion and knowledge will give us all the perspective of what it is like to experience the landscape from their standpoint.

A combination of factual research with intimate, personal and passionate conversations, this podcast is a must listen for curious minds that want to go in depth on a journey of uncovering and exploring the landscape around us.