In 24 All-Star Readers on the Words That Rock Their Worlds, Demi Moore notes that Tennyson's poem "begs a question of such enormous magnitude that you could spend a lifetime seeking the answer."

Flower in the Crannied Wall

Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies;
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand;
Little flower—but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.
—Alfred Tennyson

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