one of the privileges of considering poetry

from the Footnote to the Translations in Mary Barnard’s Sappho translation, in which she is reviewing critical writing about Sappho’s life:

“…However, when we come to consider the sense of the poetry and the human relationships, we should, I feel, have the privilege of tentatively rejecting any theory which outrages common sense.”

I would argue that we should, in general, reject theories that outrage common sense, and not just tentatively. But maybe that’s just me.

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