Darwin by Digain Williams is a book that encompasses a single lyrical poem written by Williams in honor of the life and incredible accomplishments of Charles Darwin. As a famous English naturalist and geologist, Darwin left both an incomparable legacy in the field of genetic science and etched a place for himself in the psyche of future generations. His work with selective breeding (natural selection) and evolution is taught in primary school curriculums across the world and some of his more controversial theories continue to spark debate even today. It is no surprise, therefore, that an accomplished poet such as Digain Williams would find himself so completely enamored with Darwin's life and legacy; to the extent that he felt compelled to create an in-depth prose piece based on the man's life and work.
Rest assured, however, that Williams' ode to his muse and inspiration isn't a mere fluff piece. Williams summons Darwin's most heated debates with the lines, "Against the truth he always cried. Is baffled silence deadly guilt while yet the church is being built on ground known truth was once denied?", laying out for the reader the battle lines in the war of evolution. At times, even William's becomes embattled, finding himself sympathizing with both sides of this polarizing struggle between science and faith, yet he always leaves the final decision to the reader.
Darwin is an engaging and thought provoking poem written in a lyrical and melodic style that stands as a clear testament to the awe Digain Williams' paid his timeless subject. This book adds a great deal to the discussion about Darwin's theories and the people who have historically supported or opposed them. Through its unique perspective on the life and work of Charles Darwin, this text is an incomparable read for anyone interested in Darwin or in the poetry of Digain Williams.