Nada's reading of Riding spurred me to take Anarchism Is Not Enough (1928) _to work_ today.

In "The Myth," Riding distinguishes between "three historical levels" of words:

true words: "of intrinsic sense"
logical words: "of applied sense"
poetical words: "of misapplied sense, untrue and illogical in themselves"

So one role of the poet is to imbue words with the "combined depth" of each historical level in order to achieve a "death of sense." Whoa --

...don't blame the reader, I'm just reporting the stuff...and now I'm off to the intrinsic sense of directing phones.


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