Yes, I had been thinking it might be the Dante piece where I read that.
I used "meaningless" only because it was a central word/theme in the thread.
"Meaning" can be transmitted many ways beyond the translation of words into
literal symbols. Pound's Imagism/Vorticism is an excellent example of
meaning beyond words in poetry. Silent motion pictures and the pantomime's
art are others. The entire art of Dance and of course graphic art itself
use no words to convey meaning.