The poem entitled "Version" (1962) is Frost's seemingly whimsical ode to the discovery of the nuclear atom by Ernest Rutherford and his assistants Geiger and Marsden, an event of surpassing significance because it thoroughly revised our conception of matter.
6. How is Rutherford portrayed in the poem?
7. What does the "shaft" (line 3) represent?
8. What does Frost mean by The "New Departure" (line 4)
9. Why is the term "non-resistance" (line 12) ironic?
10. By ways of an unusual metaphor Frost tells us that the atom loses its
virginity. How is this illustrated in the poem (i.e. what are the elements
used in the metaphor?)
11. More than that, perhaps, science itself loses its virginity.
Using the information gathered in this activity (from the Greeks to Rutherford's findings) to write a conclusion about this statement.