Philistines v snobs

There naturally exist militant Philistines, writes Dalrymple,

the kind of people who think that any poem more complex or difficult to interpret than birthday card doggerel is too pretentious to be bothered with.

Of course, a tendency equal and opposite to such Philistinism is, he points out,

snobbery about the accessible, as if the accessible were necessarily trivial because it required no intermediary to explain it.

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