Wednesday, October 21, 2009


"Poets aim either to benefit [enlighten, bring about insight, understanding,
compassion], or to please [delight with effects of engaging, subtle ideas, words, sounds, images]. ***
The man [or woman] who has managed to blend usefulness [not practical utility, but intellectual and spiritual deepening and eye-opening understanding] with pleasure
wins everyone's approbation
[applause, cheers, seat thumpings, sighs of admiration...], for he delights his reader [listener]as he instructs him."-- Horace, *On Poetry.*

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