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78. The Vague and the Obscure

 

 

78. The Vague and the Obscure
Matthew Arnold is a very precise poet. I like, however, an element of obscurity and vagueness in poetry; since the vague and the obscure appear profound to the emotions.

* This reflection was published in New Era, Lucknow, in 1917.
The second sentence was changed to: “I like, however, an
element of vagueness in poetry; since the vague appears
profound to the emotions.” – KAS.