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July 26th, 2009

...The aim of scientific language is to provide exactly defined and unambiguous statements about reality; that of poetic language is to communicate reality, itself as experienced by means of imagery, evocation, tone, and the ambiguity--or rather the ambivalence--of paradox, of symbol.  That is not to say that poetic language is nebulous, vague, uncertain: on the contrary, the cutting edge of great poetry is sharper and digs deeper than that of any prose.  But we shall never hear what the mystic ( or the poet, or the musician) has to tell us if we are listening on the wrong wavelength. --Gerald Vann, O.P.The above appeas as part of the Collapse )

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