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Poem by Lanier. published in 1875 and collected in his Poems (1884). Employing a rich, complex versification to give an onomatopoetic expression to the different instruments in an orchestra. Lanier personifies each of them to discuss social questions of the time, particularly the inhumanities of trade and industrialism, and to set forth a philosophy of aesthetics, ending “Music is Love in search of a word.”

Subjects: Literature.

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