Darwin's universal impact, lecture by Dame Gillian Beer

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Darwin's Universal Impact --

Dame Gillian Beer

(From Spoken English Example Videos for Language Study)

A discussion of Darwin's writings given on 6 July, 2010 by literary critic Dame Gillian Beer, graduate of Oxford University and professor of English literature at Cambridge University.

This talk is entirely scripted, so, though very well penned, it is lacking any improvisatory language.

Difficulty level: 8/10

Dialect: British (Oxbridge) English

Points to look for: Simply excellent language throughout.


Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present; the words which express what they understand not; the trumpets which sing to battle, and feel not what they inspire; the influence which is moved not, but moves. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. - Percy Bysshe Shelley