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The attitude of the editor in your anecdote also suggests that poetry has become a kind of afterthought in our appreciation of literature (and in an effort to stave off the onslaught of desperate poetlings seeking publication in such a venue, the editor, of course, has no choice but to accentuate the marginality of the genre in her magazine by handpicking the brand of caulking that she uses to fill the page).
This was her pioneer's work in the period of transition from the middle ages; and while she was engaged in it, all classes, from popes and princes down to poetlings and pedants, seemed for a while to have lost sight of Catholic Christianity.
Such was the man to whom nothing was unclean, nothing too trivial (except "pale poetlings lisping cadenzas _piano_," who then apparently thronged New York) to take to himself.