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The Poetry of Sir Humphry Davy
( 1778 - 1829 )

picture of Humphry Davy
Humphry Davy is better known as a chemist than a poet, possibly with some justice. But his love of inhaling gases and vapours inspired him to compose an ode to nitrous oxide:

"Yet are my eyes with sparkling lustre fill'd
Yet is my mouth replete with murmuring sound
Yet are my limbs with inward transports fill'd
And clad with new-born mightiness around."


Laughing gas
Utopian Surgery
Sir Humphry Davy
Refs and Further Reading
Anaesthesia and Anaesthetics
William James : the Nitrous Oxide philosopher