Amundsen waxes poetic

From Amundsen’s diary August 23, 1911, at Framheim on the Bay of Whales:

“I tried to work up a little poetry—’the ever-restless spirit of man’—’the mysterious, awe-inspiring wilderness of ice’—but it was no good; I suppose it was too early in the morning.  I abandoned my efforts, after coming to the conclusion that each sledge gave one more the idea of a coffin than of anything else, all the cases being painted black.”

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