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Reacts against a perceived trend for libraries to become highly technical "information centres" rather than storehouses for books and "gardens of the imagination". Describes the importance of libraries, books and reading in the development of creativity.
Discusses Pythagorean mathematical concepts and philosophy and the role of traditional poetic models in Hope's work. Considers, with a range of examples, whether "a simple method of planning and building poems on Pythagorean-Platonic mathematical ratios and principles has fallen into disuse" in modern poetry.