ever at work moulding the qualities of our experience, as it sometimes induces us to single out those aspects of events which immediately reflect our interests, and at other times it trains our attention upon the selection of such means as will make events reflect our interests. It is in this sense that all action is poetic. Rockefeller's economic empire is as truly a symbolic replica of his personal character as Milton's epic was a symbolic replica of Milton. In both cases, the men "socialized" their specific patterns of interest by the manipulation of objective materials in a way whereby the internal and the external were indeterminately fused.
THE SEARCH FOR MOTIVES
IN THE rationalizations of magic, the poetic nature of thought and action was not explicitly stated, but it was implicitly acknowledged at every point. The rituals of "homeopathic magic" whereby the savage attempts to coerce the processes of the universe are precisely those of the "pathetic fallacy." In the magical rationalization, the verbal and mimetic devices whereby men induce one another to respond in sympathy were transferred to the field of