chapter  6
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Poetry and Beliefs

The business o f the poet, as we have seen, is to give order and coherence, and so freedom, to a body o f experience. T o do so through words which act as its skeleton, as a structure by which the impulses which make up the experience are adjusted to one another and act together. The means by which words do this are many and varied. T o work them out is a problem for psy­ chology. A beginning has been indicated above, but only a beginning. What little can be done shows already that most crit­ ical dogmas o f the past are either false or nonsense. A little knowledge is not here a danger, but clears the air in a remarka­ ble way.