Extract, Poetry, Drollery
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Meteorology, Gender, Geology, Botany, Chemistry, Instruments
The poem is headed by an extract from the British Almanac on the 'universal interest' of meteorology. The male poetic narrator recounts his attempt to engage in conversation 'old Sir Geoffrey's daughter', whose only subject was the weather. He tried several subjects: 'Was she a Blue?—I put my trust / In strata, petals, gases' (252). Finally he concluded that the man who married her might as well 'marry a Barometer, / And hang himself beside it!' (253).
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