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First Line: If external action is effete
Last Line: "the occasion and expediency determines the form'."
Variant Title(s): So Far As The Future Is Concerned
Subject(s): Hebrew Literature


IF external action is effete
and rhyme is outmoded,
I shall revert to you,
Habakkuk, as on a recent occasion I was goaded
into doing, by XY, who was speaking of unrhymed verse.
This man said—I think that I repeat
his identical words:
"Hebrew poetry is
prose with a sort of heightened consciousness. 'Ecstasy affords
the occasion and expediency determines the form'."





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