Reference for the Poem

This quote comes from Henry W. Longfellow's 'Prelude' in Tales of a Wayside Inn,1862. Longfellow,1807-1882, graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825, the same year that Nathanial Hawthorne (1804-1864) graduated from Bowdoin. Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), 14th President of the United States (1852-56) had graduated a year earlier. . The first three lines come from the 'Prelude'; the fourth line is my contribution to describe the place pictured, a place for reflection.

I will use this opportunity to point out that the Title above the poem does not come from Longfellow but from me, and it translates the title of this website. Arachni comes from the Greek for 'web' and wanax comes from Mycenaean Greek for 'lord,' and continues as anax in Classical Greek and Hellenistic (koine and biblical) Greek to mean 'lord.' In classical poetry it is the title used to address a god, and in the Gospels it is the title that the apostles use to refer to Jesus. Here it is used as a reference to Hermes who is the god of the Internet as he was the god of the travel and particularly of the crossroads connecting all places to each other, the web or network of ancient communication. Hermes also had domain over the invisible world, which he ruled with his wand, the caduceus, a sort of cursor or mouse pointer.


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