„I mean to indicate the reading of poetry not merely for the sensual ear, but for the mind's ear as well; yet the mind's ear can be trained only by the other, and the matter, practically considered, comes inescapably back to the reading of poetry aloud.“

—  Yvor Winters, The Audible Reading of Poetry (1951)
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Yvor Winters
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