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The Poet’s Plight

  • James Booth

Abstract

I feel that my prime responsibility is to the experience itself, which I am trying to keep from oblivion for its own sake. Why I should do this I have no idea, but I think the impulse to preserve lies at the bottom of all art. (RW 79)

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Noun Phrase Railway Carriage Taboo Word Pleasure Principle Everyday Thing 
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Notes

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