The collection is prefaced by this quote from Hamilton:
"The quaternion [was] born,
as a curious offspring of a quaternion of parents,
say of geometry, algebra, metaphysics, and poetry."
GEOMETRY by Iggy McGovern
Once, any pupil could define me best:
"points, lines, angles and figures", could amuse
The table with the Christmas cracker jest
About 'the squaw' on the hypotenuse!
I was the Lord of Space, the one in three
Dimensions where you lived each mortal day,
Coordinates describing pointedly
A final resting place in graveyard clay.
But that's to come; for now reserve your pity
Observe the longitude and latitude
Of Dominick Street, the kingdom's second city,
A multigravida in plenitude
And my coy mistress, Time, deploys her power
To act precisely on the midnight hour.
Poet's note: Hamilton was reputedly born at midnight, a popular token of greatness. It has been suggested that, had he lived longer, he would have anticipated Einstein's concept of space-time.
This link leads to an article about the scientific and literary works of Hamilton: Here is a link to his poems.