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"The chief use of the "meaning" of a poem in the ordinary sense, may satisfy one habit of the reader, to

keep his mind diverted and quiet, while the poem does its work upon him." - T.S. Eliot

"Poetry is nothing less than the most perfect speech of man, that in which he comes nearest to be able to utter the truth..." - Matthew Arnold

What do these quotes mean and why are they significant?

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Eliot's quote means that the meaning of a poem is not the only thing a person can derive from it. While the meaning is nice... View the full answer

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