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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1935

of Disputation

of Disputation

I Would I were
of those who
entangle all in one emmeshing web

not these half-knotted ends
this frayed-out phrase
these straying commentries
but one whole net
thin, spid'ry, but entire

no flimsy thread of tenuous casuistry
no warp and woof that keep not company
but system, patterned thought, and symmetry

in disputation
I should not need to say—
only the fool demands consistency.