object:2.2.2.03 - Virgil
book class:Letters On Poetry And Art
author class:Sri Aurobindo
subject class:Integral Yoga
I dont think Virgil would be classed by you as a psychic poet, and yet what is the source of that majestic sadness and that word-magic and vision which make his verse, more than that of almost any other poet, fill one with what Belloc calls the sense of the Unknown Country?
I dont at all agree that Virgils verse fills one with the sense of the unknown countryhe is not in the least a mystic poet, he was too Latin and Roman for that. Majestic sadness, word-magic and vision need not have anything to do with the psychic; the first can come from the higher mind and the noble parts of the vital, the others from almost anywhere. I do not mean to say there was no psychic touch at all anywhere in Virgil. And what is this unknown country? There are plenty of unknown countries (other than the psychic worlds) to which many poets give us some kind of access or sense of their existence behind much more than Virgil. But if when you say verse you mean his rhythm, his surge of word music, that does no doubt come from somewhere else, much more than the thoughts or the words that are carried on the surge.
31 March 1932
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