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From: "Nancy Gish" <[log in to unmask]>
> The poem was, as Aiken said, composed of many parts from many
> periods--some at least as early as 1913.  So even if he fit them into a
> mosaic with all the conscious intention you see, they do not fit into a
> single unified intention in their creation.  I don't think they ever do,
> but that is a different way of reading.

Something on which we agree,
although the order is not necessarily arbitrary.
They work in this order. Their interpenetration reflects
perhaps an intuitive or subconcious sense of a state of mind.

P.