Poem of the day

The MVZ Archives will be working with the UC Berkeley History Department to provide students with access to primary sources. Students will be able to use our materials to answer larger questions relating to the study of natural history and potentially, the history of the MVZ.

While prepping for a visit from the class, I came across a poem sent from Annie Alexander in 1946, to a friend addressed as “Nonie”.  Alexander had a deep appreciation for poetry, and we often find poems (sometimes originals from Alexander!) littered throughout her letters. This one seems more relevant than ever. It was written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

Keep not standing fix’d and rooted;
Briskly venture, briskly roam;
Head and hand, where’er thou foot it,
And stout heart are still at home.
In what land the sun does visit,
Brisk are we, whate’er betide;
To give space for wandering is it
That the world was made so wide.

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