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    Red face Understanding a line

    What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?



    Request for explaining the content and grammar of the above sentence.

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    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Nov-2014 at 13:21. Reason: Changed font to black to make it readable.

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    Re: Understanding a line

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post

    Request for Please explaining the content and grammar of the above sentence.

    Note my correction above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Understanding a line

    Are you sure you have copied the sentence correctly? What's the source?

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    Re: Understanding a line

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were like a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?

    There was one word missing. I have added it above in red. It's a quote by Richard Feynman apparently:
    http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/post...-jupiter-if-he

    It makes more sense when taken in context. Here is the whole quote.

    I take it to mean that people seem to be able to speak very eloquently (poetically) about "Jupiter" in terms of Jupiter being a man (or a god?) but they seem to have nothing to say about Jupiter as a simple planet.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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