Poetry demands a different material than prose. It uses another facet of the same fact … the spontaneous conformation of language as it is heard.
Expediency therefore concurs with Nature in stamping the seal of its approval upon Regularity of conformation.edwin abbot
The Sphere would willingly have continued his lessons by indoctrinating me in the conformation of all regular Solids, Cylinders, Cones, Pyramids, Pentahedrons, Hexahedrons, Dodecahedrons, and Spheres: but I ventured to interrupt him. Not that I was wearied of knowledge. On the contrary, I thirsted for yet deeper and fuller draughts than he was offering to me.edwin abbot
But one will say, 'What is the principal behind these scales, and what, if not acoustic phenomena and the laws of mathematics, has set the order of their tones?' I respond that this principle is purely metaphysical [anthropological]. We conceive this order and the melodic and harmonic phenomena that spring from it out of our conformation and education. (p.249)
The conformation of his mind was such, that whatever was little seemed to him great, and whatever was great seemed to him little.
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