In studying the work of Aristophanes, the Greek playright, I came across an essay (citique?) describing his work. Written in some rather flowery syntax:

"They are the strains of not an artist, but of one who warbles for pure gladness of heart in some place made sweet by the presence of a God."
He went on to describe his work as "dithyrambic".

Given my level of understanding of EVERY word in the English language, it was an immediate GO to the "Funk and Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary" - bear with me here;

Dithyramb - n.
1. In ancient Greece, a wild, passionate, choric hymn or chant sung in honor of Dionysus and constituting the direct forerunner of Greek drama.
2. A highly emotional or rhapsodic speech or piece of writing.

and:

Dithyrambic - adj.
1. Pertaining to or resembling a dithyramb.
2. Passionately or wildly lyrical; rhapsodic.

I think, somewhere inside of me, I had a sort of diffuse definition of the "way" I was following in my work. Reading the above, that "vision" was crystallized into a much sharper focus.

The second defintion of "dithyrambic" - THAT is the direction I WANT to follow- my hope that my work will be like that - and my "target" for the future - "Passionate and wildly lyrical: rhapsodic".

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