Imaginative literature in the service of rebellion, or satanism, quickly sinks
into exhibitionism or obscurity. Imaginative literature as the expression of a
deeply apprehended truth, poetry which interprets to a man the myth of his own
age, can in the hands of Dante, of Shakespeare, of Cervantes, of Camoes and of
Goethe, help to raise the level of a whole civilization.
      -- J.M. Cohen