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Nature has never been taken in by well-meaning advice. The only thing that moves nature is causal necessity, and that includes human nature.
The function of meter in poetry is to drive the electrical activity of the brain, and most certainly to relax the normal emotional inhibitions of both chanter and listener. A similar thing occurs when the voices of schizophrenics speak in scanning rhythms or rhyme.
Optimism makes us perpetual enemies of those future moments that do not meet our expectation, which means all future moments. It’s when we expect nothing from the future that we are free to experience it as it will be rather than as a disappointment.
Doth any man doubt, that if there were taken out of men’s minds vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, but it would leave the minds of a number of men poor shrunken things, full of melancholy and indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves?
The unconscious wants truth, as the body does. The complexity and fecundity of dreams come from the complexity and fecundity of the unconscious struggling to fulfill that desire. The complexity and fecundity of poetry come from the same struggle.
Until relatively recent times man’s span of life was short. Throughout most of history the truly old were a rarity. Thus it seems plausible that the momentous discoveries and inventions of the Neolithic Age were the work of an almost childlike population, and were perhaps made in the course of play. Nor is it likely that the ancient myths and legends, with their fairy-tale pattern and symbolism, were elaborated by burnt-out old men.