By Richard Holmes
Shelley: The Pursuit is the booklet with which Richard Holmes—the most interesting literary biographer of our day—made his identify. meting out with the usual Victorian photograph of Shelley as a blandly airy personality, Holmes tasks a startling photo of “a darker and extra earthly, crueler and extra able figure.” Expelled from university, disowned via his aristocratic father, pushed from England, Shelley led a existence marked from its starting to its early finish by means of a violent rejection of society; he embraced uprising and shame with out considered the expense to himself or to others. right here we've the genuine Shelley—radical agitator, atheist, apostle of loose love, yet primarily a super and uncompromising poetic innovator, whose lifestyles and paintings have proved an crucial notion to poets as assorted as W.B. Yeats and Allen Ginsberg.
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So when you have cut this, and have brought the instrument to the site of the spinal marrow, then at this stage you must so manipulate it, that thereby you may feel about with your hand on it in the depth [of the wound] and rock it to and fro so as to leave no part of the spinal medulla undivided. After the incision, in all the nerves which 22 Section of the Spinal Cord [ix. 13 lie below the place where the transection has been made, both the two potentialities are lost, I mean the capacity of sensation and the capacity of movement, and also all the bodily parts of the animal in which they are distributed become insensitive and motionless, a result that is inevitable, clear and intelligible.
You see these veins in the large animals very clearly, plunging down into the substance of the spinal marrow, and sinking into the depth of it. Were you to expose this sheath round about the spinal marrow then no harm would befall the animal on that account, or even if you made a longitudinal cut into the spinal marrow itself, since all the respective nerves branch off at the places where the vertebrae meet one another at the sides, the right-sided nerve on the right side, the nerve of the opposite side on the left.
When you do that, then occasionally a sheath [Hgamenta flava and posterior longitudinal ligament] becomes visible, wrapped around the spinal marrow over the dura mater, which resembles this meninx in thickness, colour and strength. Yet the dura 25 mater enwrapping the spinal marrow is intimately combined and connected with the dura mater which surrounds the brain, just as the thin meninx [pia mater] lying upon the spinal marrow is intimately com20 The Spinal Cord [ix. 13 bined with the thin meninx upon the brain.
Shelley: The Pursuit (New York Review Books Classics) by Richard Holmes