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Some more notes from Axel's Castle --

On Valéry :

Paul Valéry disregards altogether the taste and intelligence of the ordinary reader; instead of allowing his reader the easy victory, he takes pride in outstripping him entirely.

On T.S. Eliot:

His work was 'a kind of scientific study of aesthetic values avoiding impressionistic rhetoric and a priori aesthetic theories, he compares works of literature coolly and tries to distinguish between different orders of artistic effects and the different degrees of satisfaction to be derived from them.

When we read Lucretius or Dante, we are affected by them just as we are by prose writers of eloquence and imagination -- we are compelled to take their opinion seriously. And as soon as we admit that prose writing may be considered on the same basis with verse, it becomes evident that we cannot, in the case of Plato, discriminate so finely as to the capacity of his philosophy for being 'expanded into pure vision' that we are able to put our finger on the point where the novelist or poet stops and the scientist or metaphysician begins; nor, with Blake anymore than with Nietzsche or Emerson, distinguish the poet from the aphorist.