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“But who shall parcel out

His intellect by geometric rules,

Split like a province into round and square?…

In weakness we create distinctions, then

Deem that our puny boundaries are things

Which we perceive, and not which we have made”

[Wordsworth (1805) The Prelude II, lines 208-9, 222-4
in Wordsworth  (1971) The Prelude: A parallel text, Harmandsworth, Penguin]

This comes at p75 of Forms of Feeling, at the end of the Chapter on Symbols and just before Hobson develops the theme of “living symbols”.

It is a powerful text that warns us of the arbitrary distinctions we sometimes make when trying to define something that is quite fluid.