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which made them strange and mysterious to him in much the same way that the dreams which our unconscious minds produce are our own, and yet often seem alien to us. But one thing is clear: for Wagner, a considerable portion of the meaning of his libretto text, his drama, is only accessible to us in conjunction with the music he wrote for it, music which, however, does not merely enhance the text’s meaning through music’s natural expressive power, but also by virtue of playing the role of subliminal messenger of Wagner’s hidden aim as a poet, an aim hidden even from himself. This concept will have immense consequences as we proceed further into the second half of the Ring, Siegfried’s half.

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