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« : 09.09.04 at 14:13 »
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This quote has just appeared on one of my other email lists. I thought it might have some relevance here, particularly when music provides a third dimension, what do other MVs think?
 
The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism (1933)
 
T.S. Eliot
 
 The chief use of the 'meaning' of a poem, in the ordinary sense, may  
 be (for here again I am speaking of some kinds of poetry and not all)  
 to satisfy one habit of the reader, to keep his mind diverted and  
 quiet, while the poem does it work upon him: much as the imaginary  
 burglar is always provided with a bit of nice meat for the house-dog.

 
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