It also follows from our general conception that poetry has a universal and a moral function. Its rudimentary essays in the region of fancy and pleasant sound, as well as its idealization of epi sodes in human existence, are only partial exercises in an art that has all time and all experience for its. Natural subject-matter and all the possibilities of being for its ultimate theme. As religion is deﬂected from its course when it is confused with a record of facts or of natural laws, so poetry is arrested in its development if it remains an un meaning play of fancy without relevance to the ideals and purposes of life. In that relevance lies its highest power. As its elementary pleasantness comes from its response to the demands of the ear, so its deepest beauty comes from its response to the ultimate demands of the soul.