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Richard Seddon wrote:

> You and Nancy are right;  language has sequence and therefore is temploral.

There are two metaphors you might be interested in.

     The poem as a well-wrought urn.  (Cleanth Brooks from Donne's "The
     Canonization")
     The poem as a shape cut in time.  (Donald Davie  “Syntax and Music in
     ‘Paradise Lost’,” in _The Living Milton_, Frank Kermode, editor.)

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