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> In a message dated 6/9/01 3:40:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask]
>> But why do we jump around poetry books?
> Because they consist of a collection of individual units (poems) and
> in most
> cases there's no compelling reason that the individual poems need to
> be read
> in the order an editor arranged them, in the order the poet wrote
> them, or in
> any other arbitrary order.
How would you know this if you haven't read them?
And if what you say is so, why is your "arbitrary order" preferable to
the editor's? This is not to challenge what you say, but to understand
By the way, to arbitrate is a thoughtful activity. Something arbitrary
might or might not be arrived at by "compelling reason."