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THESE THINGS ARE IN THE HANDS OF GOD

THE ART OF THE AFRO-AMERICAN culture-within-the-culture (most easily experienced in popular music) is more immediate to many, both black and white, than the temporally distant, scholarship-encrusted, “high art” Greek drama. One doubts that Thomas Dorsey, often considered the father of gospel music for his pioneering work in the form, ever much heeded the concept of catharsis or other of the notions of Aristotelian poetics, or, for that matter, any of the thought of that heathen people of the pre-Christian era, the ancient Greeks. Classical Greek drama may appear in university syllabuses as a fixture in a liberal education, and the ideas inherent in it and in Greek philosophy are of course fundamental to any broad picture of Western consciousness. But the view many of us have of that picture tends toward the partial. The beauty of the plays persists, but comprises only a shard in the broad

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