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The week of forgetting

Sunday, 1 June, 2014

According to news reports, more than 12,000 people lodged requests to be “forgotten” by Google on Friday, the first day that the search engine offered the service in Europe. The desire to forgot what we’ve said and done predates the internet by many a generation and this longing was addressed by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, who happened to be a great-great-niece of the great Samuel Taylor Coleridge, composer of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan.

To Forget

Ah, I have striven, I have striven
That it might vanish as the smoke;
Angels remember it in heaven.
In vain I have striven, I have striven
To forget the word that I spoke.

See, I am fighting, I am fighting
That I may bring it to nought.
It is written in fiery writing,
In vain I am fighting, I am fighting
To forget the thought that I thought.

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861ā€“1907)


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