Al Billings wrote:
> It is from a famous poem. I think a chunk of it is quoted on the opening
> page of the book. I think it is by Keats but I could be wrong.
I also recall that it's quoted on the opening page. I don't remember which
poem it is in the book, but the 'Net turns up this poem by T.S. Eliot:
T.S. Eliot, "Death by Water" in "The Waste Land".
Phlebas the Phoencian, a fortnight dead,
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swells
And the profit and loss.
A current under sea
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passed the stages of his age and youth
Entering the whirlpool.
Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Remeber Phlebas, who was once as handsome and tall as you.
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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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