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8) The soul's potential, as it were, is an integral component of Barrett's poetic theories: In an 1843 letter, she contends that "any work of Art, however vivid and consummate, which excludes the sense of a soul within us & of a God above us & takes life in its conventionality denuded of its inner mystery,--will be felt in the end to be one-sided and unsufficing,--& deficient in the elements of greatness" (BC 7:214).