Socrates : the thing is, Hen, you can't make an art from an "image" of the artist. You can't get there by well-meaning abstract ideals. It's only an invitation to the next demagogue, the next 2nd-rate "voice".
Henry : so I'm just talking through my hat again?
Socrates : the poet is not the politician. The poet just happens to be there; the poet is the companion. The poem is the bloom of culture.
Henry : the poem is the poem.
Socrates : the poem is the poem.
Henry : I just said that.
Socrates : the word - the word is another thing.
Henry : now you're playing with fire.